The Arrow Fall 2020

The Arrow FALL 2020

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 Mr. Todd Fuller Mr. Dennis Gambill Mrs. Susie Garner Mr. Rodney Halsey Dr. Thomas Harvey Mr. Joel Jackson – ‘94 Mr. Luke Kurtz Mrs. Theresa Lazo Mr. 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

P – Parent of OHA Alumnus

President’s Paragraph

Hello from the President’s Office at Oak Hill Academy. When our students departed campus for Spring Break on March 6, 2020, “COVID-19” was associated with a different continent, far away and unfamiliar. Slow forward to October 2020 and the term is now all too familiar, ingrained in our vernacular—along with coronavirus, N-95, mask mandate, social distancing, mitigation, etc. Between the time our students left for Spring Break 2020 and the time campus re-opened in August we were required to teach classes and award credit remotely, graduate (and celebrate) virtually, pack all belongings from our dormitories one room at a time, and unveil well-considered plans for re-opening OHA for in person instruction. Whew! What an incredible six-month stretch. Without question, the Coronavirus Pandemic of 2020 affected our school in nearly every way imaginable. How can we keep students safe? How can we keep adults safe? How can we teach students face to face while keeping students and faculty safe? How can we feed students and faculty and staff with limited capacity in the dining hall? How can we limit exposure to “the outside world”? How can we offer athletic programs? How can we test for COVID in Mouth of Wilson? How can we in any way cultivate a sense of community if we are all wearing masks? What about communicating with OHA stakeholders like parents, alumni, the Board of Trustees? How can I answer questions with any level of certainly when instructions from the federal government differ from those of the state government? And those guidelines very well may differ from what is provided by the CDC; which may vary in degree from the Virginia Department of Education, which is likely different than …. Well, you get my point. In the midst of all of this anxiety and indecision, as the world was shouting for certainty in an

uncertain world, the parents of our students spoke loud and clear. They and their children wanted what we have always provided here on “The Hill.” So, on August 22, 2020, Oak Hill Academy opened “in person,” with students on campus. We planned for and created our own family-like bubble, right here in Mouth of Wilson, Virginia. With the adopted theme of TOGETHER, we donned our masks, worked hard to create solutions, and now our students are going to school in person every day. Of course it’s not easy, but nothing of importance ever comes without hard work. Perspective is always helpful at significant moments in our lives. I remind our community often that our little school in the mountains of southwestern Virginia has endured many obstacles in her proud legacy. Founded in 1878, Oak Hill Academy weathered Civil War Reconstruction, World War I, the Great Depression, World War II, the Vietnam War and civil unrest of the 1960’s, and September 11 (2001). Yet here we stand. We are buoyed by the knowledge that our values and mission are timeless, and our calling to serve our students and our school is from above. May God bless us in our important work here at OHA. And, may God continue to bless Oak Hill Academy. My best, Michael D. Groves, Ph.D. President

Follow Dr. Groves on Twitter @DrGrovesOHA.

OHA and COVID-19 As we begin year 142 at Oak Hill Academy, we are cognizant that these are challenging times for schools across the country as we navigate a new “normal” in education in the midst of a global pandemic. But, these are not unprecedented times in the history of Oak Hill Academy. The school has weathered other pandemics, world wars, economic depressions, and national upheaval. We continue to do what we have always done - guide, mentor, educate, and challenge this generation to build a solid foundation and reach higher – right here in rural Mouth of Wilson, Virginia. After finishing the 2019-2020 school year remotely, we were determined to have students return this fall in person. So much of what Oak Hill is and has to offer happens here, on campus: face-to-face interac tions with peers, instructors, and staff, structured activities, daily routines, athletics, scheduled study time, and our close-knit community. So, our question (and mandate) was, how do we keep students and staff safe while remaining together on campus? In many ways, we believe Oak Hill is uniquely positioned to weather this pandemic, and thrive. We are 100% boarding. We are located in a remote, rural part of Virginia. We have structures in place to limit travel and outside exposure, and have a dedicated staff who live right here on campus. Students come from all over the country and world, but once they are here, we are a small, quiet community. And thus, our “family-like bubble” in the midst of COVID-19 was formed. We believed (and still believe) that if we could get students safely on campus, test them for COVID-19, take strong precautions early on, and limit exposure to persons outside our Oak Hill “bubble” we could gradually return to a more “nor mal” school experience for our students. We instituted our own “Phase” system over the first month of school, moving to the next phase only when we were confident it was safe. We tested all staff and contract workers just prior to our opening. Students arrived in August and entered “Phase 1.” We tested all students during the first few days, and until the test results were returned, all students were insulated in their rooms. After we received results, we did have one positive COVID-19 case on campus, but due to our phase approach, we were able to isolate the case and move everyone else into “Phase 2.” During Phase 2 students attended class wearing masks and social distancing, ate meals outside, and interacted from a safe 6 feet apart in activities and athletics. We conducted another round of testing after two weeks, and had zero positive cases, and our students moved into “Phase 3.” Faculty and staff remain in Phase 2 throughout the semester. Students now are able to hold full athletic practices, walk around the campus mask-less, eat in the cafeteria, and enjoy an almost completely “normal” Oak Hill experience – all within our “family-like bubble.” There are parts of our community we miss, and we look forward to their safe return – worship at Young’s Chapel Baptist Church, off-campus outings, daily morning assemblies. But there have been unexpected positives as well: more students outside and engaged in activities, outdoor meals together, an increased

sense of “togetherness.” Our theme last year was “Embrace the Opportunity.” Check. Our theme this year is “Together.” In progress. Our “family-like bubble” is a unique op portunity for our students – a safe haven in the midst of a chaotic world, a place for our students to grow, learn, socialize, compete, take risks, learn independence, and build self-confidence. In reality, we’ve always been that place, pandemic or not. We em brace this time together, and look forward to a great year 142. Aaron Butt, Chair of COVID Task Force

OHA Welcomes Mr. Carlos Barreda Mr. Barreda joins Oak Hill Academy as our Spanish instructor. He was born in Lima, Peru and Spanish is his native language. He has lived in the U.S. for most of his life having grown up in Fairfax, Virginia. Mr. Barreda graduated from the University of Florida (Go Gators!) and has worked as a language instructor for many years. He also lived in France for three and a half years and learned to speak French while there. In his spare time, Mr. Barreda enjoys playing the guitar, the piano, and a little bit of tennis. He feels fortunate to have found a place within the Oak Hill Academy community and looks forward to what’s ahead. Mr. Aaron Grubbs Mr. Grubbs joins Oak Hill Academy as a science instructor and has 16 years of professional teaching experience. He holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Longwood University and a master’s in education from the University of Phoenix. He is currently pursuing his doctorate degree from Liberty University. Mr. Grubbs and his wife of almost 15 years, Robin, reside on campus with their dog, Bubbles. He loves to teach science and likes spending time outdoors. He especially enjoys the beauty of the local area and the rich opportunities for hiking, backpacking, and fishing offered here. Mr. Grubbs looks forward to growing the Environmental Science Program at OHA. Ms. Corrine Johnson Ms. Johnson is a Virginia native excited to start not only her first year teaching English and Theatre at Oak Hill, but her first year teaching ever. She graduated from the University of Virginia with her B.A. in English and a minor in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies in 2019 and her M.A. in English in 2020. While attending UVA, Ms. Johnson was fortunate enough to receive Intermediate Honors from the College of Arts & Sciences and to be inducted into Phi Beta Kappa National Academic Honor Society during her fourth year. She resides on campus with her cat, Ophelia. In her spare time, Ms. Johnson enjoys reading and baking. In addition to heading up the Theatre Club, Ms. Johnson will also be co-sponsoring the cheer and dance team at OHA this year. Mr. Mike Lee A native of Lexington, Kentucky, Mr. Lee joins Oak Hill Academy as a resident manager in the boy’s dormitories. He attended Milligan College and earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in public relations from Asbury University. Mr. Lee and his wife, Haley, are expecting their first child in March and are excited to welcome their baby boy. They also have two dogs, Hank and Jordan. Mr. Lee enjoys playing golf and fishing. He is happy to be part of the OHA community. Mr. Luke Peace Mr. Peace joins Oak Hill Academy as our Dean of Boys. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in history from East Tennessee State University in 2015. He also received his Master of Arts degree from ETSU. In his free time, Mr. Peace enjoys reading non-fiction and playing guitar.

New Faculty Members Mr. Caleb Simpson

Mr. Simpson joins Oak Hill Academy as our broadcast instructor and a resident manager. He graduated from Emory & Henry College in 2018 with a double major in economics and mass communications. While in college, Mr. Simpson ran cross country at the Division III level. He grew up in Richmond, Virginia, where his parents and sister still reside. Mr. Simpson enjoys playing basketball and loves watching sports and traveling. A highlight of his travels was a trip to Cuba in 2017. Mr. Simpson is excited to make a lasting impact at OHA. Ms. Heidi Spohn Ms. Spohn, from North Bend, Washington, joins Oak Hill Academy as a resident manager. She attended Central Washington University, graduating with her Bachelor of Science in clinical physiology and biology. Ms. Spohn played soccer, rugby, and lacrosse during her years in college. After graduation, she realized teaching and working with children and young adults was her passion and went back to school. She graduated with her Bachelor of Arts in education from Western Governors University. Most recently Ms. Spohn worked as an Outdoor Educator at an environmental center in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains. When not working, she enjoys spending time hiking, skiing, camping, cooking, and painting. Ms. Spohn is very excited for her next adventure here at Oak Hill. Mrs. Elly Tucker Mrs. Tucker was born in Cebu City, Philippines and immigrated to the U.S. when she was 3 years old. Her family first settled down on the Eastern Shore of Virginia, and right before high school, she and her mother moved to the mountains of Grayson County – minutes away from Oak Hill Academy. Mrs. Tucker earned degrees in both Psychology and Business Management from Berry College in Rome, Georgia, where she met her husband, Mr. John Tucker. While in college, Mrs. Tucker spent a summer interning for various social enterprises across Guatemala where she learned about and engaged in providing access to vision and clean drinking water. Mrs. Tucker is a tea fanatic! She loves drinking tea and collecting tea pots, cups, and tea memorabilia. In her free time, she can be found baking and experimenting with new recipes in the kitchen. Mr. Ben Winslow A native of Georgia, Mr. Winslow joins Oak Hill Academy as a science and math teacher. He graduated from the University West Georgia in 2011 with his Bachelor of Science in physics. Mr. Winslow resides on campus with his wife Miranda and their two boys, Henry and Dorian. He enjoys gaming, Tae Kwon Do, and reenacting medieval swordsmanship. Mr. Winslow’s absolute favorite thing at OHA is the observatory. He loves the incredible views of the night sky afforded by the mountains. On clear nights, you will more than likely find Mr. Winslow at the observatory taking photos of objects in the sky.

OHA’s 141 st Graduation looked just a bit different this May. Because our students were unable to be on campus and in person we “delivered” Commencement Exercises to their homes in real time, via livestream. Administrators gathered in historic Turner Gymnasium at 10:30 a.m., while the members of our graduating class of 2020 assembled and participated from afar. Introductions of speakers, the displaying of every diploma for the student and family to see (pictured below), the singing of the alma mater, and celebratory (pre-recorded) greetings were all part of the live production. It was a great day @ OHA, with over 400 viewers tuning in to the broadcast. Congratulations to “The Unforgettable Class of 2020!”

Graduates Receive Scholarships and Honors The following members of the Class of 2020 received academic scholarships:

Anees Abdul-Raheem – Seton Hill University, Hope College, St. Ambrose University

Lauren Oberman – Lynn University, Radford University

Moh Al-Ahmary – Husson University

Emily Oliver – East Tennessee State University

Anisa Alvanza – Arkansas Baptist College

Dillon Phipps – Hampden-Sydney College, Randolph College, Roanoke College, Hood College, Washington College Christen Reeves – Radford University, Juniata College, University of Miami, Roanoke College, Randolph College, Furman University, Centre College, DePauw University Ramsey Riddles – Randolph College, Bridgewater College Tobi Salami – Xavier University, Mount St. Mary’s University, Penn State University, Fordham University, Lehigh University, Drexel University, University of Pittsburgh Simon Sun – DePaul University, Lawrence University Hunter Williams – Emory & Henry College, Radford University

Francesco Brusadin – Berry College, Bowling Green State University, Caldwell University, Nova Southeastern University, Temple University AJ Burrows – Randolph College, Jacksonville University Thomas Cunanan-Reid – University at Buffalo, Siena College Amar Diouf – Indiana State University, Eckerd College, Illinois Institute of Technology, Johnson and Wales, Lourdes University, Florida Institute of Technology, Anderson University, Carthage University, Barry University, Norwich University, Florida Southern College, Lynn University, Point Park University Lydia Haimanot – Frostburg State University, Mount St. Mary’s University, Salisbury University Wendy Hu – Maryland Institute College of Art, Savannah College of Art & Design Isaiah King – University of Kentucky, Bellarmine University, Thomas More University Grayden Klope – Roanoke College, Florida Institute of Technology, Bellarmine University Tyler Levine – Mary Baldwin University, Florida Institute of Technology, Rochester Institute of Technology Justin Mauney – University of Miami, Xavier University, Michigan State University, Louisiana State University Delaney Heard – University of Alabama Will Heard – University of Miami Michael Hill – University of Lynchburg

Sofi a Xu – Louisiana State University

Jack Zammit – Roanoke College, Allegheny College, University of St. Thomas, Geneva College, St. John’s University, University of Scranton

The following student-athletes were recognized for receiving full scholarships for NCAA Division I universities: Bradley Ezewiro – Louisiana State University Evan Johnson – Georgia State University Darrick Jones – Towson University Darius Maddox – Virginia Tech Emmanuel Okpomo – Wake Forest University

KK Robinson – University of Arkansas Jamari Sibley – Georgetown University Cam Thomas – Louisiana State University

Anees Abdul-Raheem

Nathan Akade

Mohammed Al-Ahmary

Anisa Alvanza

Francesco Brusadin

Tyler Bucher

AJ Burrows

Jayden Carter

Thomas Cunanan Reid

Amar Diouf

Bradley Ezewiro

Lydia Haimanot

Delaney Heard

William Heard

Michael Hill

Zhiwen “Wendy” Hu

Xiaohui “Cindy” Hua

Mark Hunt

Brady Jenkins

Evan Johnson

Darrick Jones

Myles Kenney

Isaiah King

Grayden Klope

Tyler Levine

Caiden Maria Lovett

Darius Maddox

Justin Mauney

Lauren Oberman

Emmanuel Okpomo

Emily Oliver

Jordan Phelps

Dillon Phipps

Christen Reeves

Manon Jade Renaud

Ramsey Riddles

Ian Robinson

KK Robinson

Tobi Salami

Jamari Sibley

Ruining “Raina” Wang

Chuanyang “Simon” Sun

Cam Thomas

Sushi Vishwa

Ruining Wang Hunter Williams

Guangnan “Sofia” Xu

Jack Zammit

State of the Academy 2019 - 2020 DONATIONS June 1, 2019 – May 31, 2020 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 Joe & Carol Gigler Dwayne & Belinda Majors Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation Tim & Debra Marburger Carl & Cheryl Rosberg David Shelton & Robin Gambill Jack & Jennifer Stenner Nancy Stone Ernie Surles Williams-Berry Charitable Foundation Nancy Wright Estate THE FOUNDERS CLUB Kim Baughman & John Duvall Blaine Butterworth & Phyllis Ponder Monica Cooper Palmer & Sidney Rose Fant Michael & Joy Groves Wayne Hager

Luke Kurtz Wayne & Dena Landsman Bob & Theresa Lazo

Richard & Dawn Martinez Michael & Jackie Mickiewicz Scott Monett

Rex & Gina Liu Crystal McCrary Ronnie McGhee

Paul & Lori Piazza Steve & Lisa Smith Jimmie Ruth Speeks

Dale & Michelle Melton Richard & Joanne Mueller Ramona O’Bryant

Doug & Ruth Turnmire Rob & Susan Veerman Alton & Susan (Worsham) Vick Tom Wheeler THE FRIENDS CLUB Ronnie & Joan Anderson Benevity Community Impact Fund Lori Henry Blackwood William & Joan Bloomer John & Sara Boshart Linwood & Robin Branch Joyce Browder Brian & Beth Bunn Annette Burton & Stephen Lowder Aaron & Nicole Butt Hilda Cates Karen Chappell Steve & Kathryn Clemons Scott & Beth Cook Doug & Melek Dickerson Dale & LeAnn Donahue Juanita DuBose Dotson Terry Dyroff & Patricia Darsie Marion Eugeno James & Nancy Evans Marius & Eileen Evans Allen & Lori Feezor Doug & Donna Fender Paul & Karen Fisher Scott Fuller Andrew & Caroline Fulmer Todd & Katherine Giszack Gerald Guyer H. S. Williams Co. Mikki Haas Gena Hall Jeanne-Marie DuBose Halley Rodney & Stacy (Eller) Halsey Larry & Linda Hamrick Carroll & Jo Ann (Watkins) Harvey Tom & Nancy Harvey Doug (deceased) & Janice Hawks Margaret Hayden & Tom Carpenter Amber Brown Hayes David & Andrea Hilliard John Hoffman Sandra Haines Hooks Gary & Katherine Crede John & Peggy Crowder Dion & Martha Dacons Burnell & Ellen Davis Lee Roy Davis

Michael & Page Page Marty & Cathy Parks Ed & Carolyn Patton Jacqueline Peer George & Leslie (Sims) Pelton Otis & Mary Reamy Paul & Tatum Saunders Harry & Sarah (Ussery) Sink Skyline National Bank Michael & Karen Stevens Jim & Pam Tapp Oscar & Mossie Teague Foundation Ken & Patricia Thomas Mary Thomas Ted Ussery Joe Vanderdys Anne Vaughan Taylor & Celia Vaughan Vaughan Furniture Foundation Dan & Geneva Walters Henry & Teresa Wang Jerry & Jackie Wells Millie Wingate Young’s Chapel Baptist Church THE RED AND GOLD CLUB Ross Allen Barbara Anderson Kenny & Pattie Bowen Steve & Rhonda Bowen Christie Boyd Jonathan & Christine Chasen Danny & Patricia Collins Jerry & Susan Dupper Sid & Lisa Finklea Donald & Tammy Francis Julie Fulmer Rex Halsey William Harper Greg Hartline

Linda Maynard Marion Moon Virginia Baptist Foundation THE PRESIDENT’S CLUB Bob & Dolores Bailey Jerry & Allison Benson Richard Burke Alice Calabrese Billy Ray & Jeannette Cameron Mary Chatman Larry & Ida Jane Conner Inez Cox Jean Cunningham Frances Dixon James Doffin Edward & Donna Eng Elena Melanie Fabri George & Pam Faulk Hattie Fitzgerald Todd & Lori Fuller Dennis & Wendy Gambill John & Susie Garner Don & Jayne Gibson Jon & Judy Groesbeck Tselote Haimanot Hardin & Janet Halsey Francoise Hartline Tim Henry Travis & Jennifer Herbranson Betsy Hunroe David & Sharon Huntoon Bill & Nancy (Brown) Jackson Joel Jackson Jerry & Barbara Johnson Joe Judkins Ron & Lynn Kerr

Daniel & Jessica Heard Jim Herchenrider Estate Bill & Linda Huber Jeff & Carol Jeffreys David Johnson Tom Kaiser & Sallie Adams Ray & Diane Kenney Betty Ann Lifsey Jean Lindsey Darryl & Kathy Lundgren

Walter & Elizabeth (Douglass) Hunting Bob & Sandra Jackson Jesse & Lara Jones John & Joy Jone Norman & Edith King Brian Krach Constantine & Teresa Kutteh K-VA-T Food Stores (Food City) Stephanie Lanier Patrick & Sue Laughran Sarah Lofton

Alton & Susan Vick Rose Marie Wheeler Kent Zotter

In Memory of HV Lindsey Jean Lindsey

In Memory of Jim Lofton – Class of 1961 Sarah Lofton

VOLUNTEER WORK Ronnie Anderson Laura Bryant Bonnie Lambert Cofield Carroll Harvey Jo Ann Watkins Harvey Don Krauss (deceased)

In Memory of Mike Maynard Linda Maynard

In Memory of Rosalie McBride Steve & Lisa Smith

Mary Reamy Otis Reamy Sarah Ussery Sink Ted Ussery

Cyndy Cahill LoMonaco Barry & Emily McCarthy Carol Osborne McGrady Bryan & Karli Meagher Peggy Melville Diane Mercier Meriwether-Godsey, Inc. Russell Miller Bill Minson Pete & Sydne Montague Dave & Beth Moore

In Memory of Claude McSwain – Class of 1966 Otis & Mary Reamy

In Memory of Joe Miller

GIFTS GIVEN IN MEMORY OF: In Memory of Elizabeth Leech Bailey Darryl & Kathleen Lundgren In Memory of Tom Barnard – Class of 1963 Billy Ray & Jeannette Cameron Otis & Mary Reamy

Ed & Carolyn Patton

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

In Memory of Karl Muenzenmayer Michael & Joy Groves Becky Muenzenmayer

Randy & Laura Moorhead Thomas & Phyllis Morelli Alan & Glenna (Halsey) Morton Lila Noonkester Jeannette Norfleet

In Memory of Anna Beaty

Michael & Jackie Mickiewicz

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

In Memory of Ken Blackwood

Scott & Christine Ogden Dan & Kimberly Oliver Larry Owens Barbara Page Doris Wilson Patteson Shirley Perkins

Lori Henry Blackwood

In Memory of Abby Blair – Class of 2017 Otis & Mary Reamy

In Memory of Jewell Ford Patton Ed & Carolyn Patton

In Memory of Ross Cofield – Class of 1968 Otis & Mary Reamy

Lewis & Myrtle Phipps Zane & Laura Phipps George Pompeo Neal (deceasesd) & Wilma Price Phyllis Ratliffe Thomas & Karen Reed – Northwest Lawn Care Mark & Linda Ross Tom Rounds Richard & Joyce Rouse Marilyn Rowe Stuart & Susan Smith Tom & Linda Smith Winston & Lynn Smith Patsy Pilkins Snow Frank & Judith Spaeth Deanna Smiroldo Swayne The Langley School Judy Theuer Margaret Trail John & Elly Tucker Valley Boiler Joe & Joy Walker John & Nila (Stevens) Wehrenberg Susan Widener Jackie Rustigian Janet Scagnelli Russell Scruggs

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

In Memory of Carl & Mildred Collins Danny & Patricia Collins

In Memory of Hal & Marge Eaton Otis & Mary Reamy

In Memory of Jim Perkins Shirley Perkins

In Memory of Hannah Victoria Eller Marilyn Rowe

In Memory of Dave Pittman – Class of 1980 Otis & Mary Reamy

In Memory of Keith Flory – Class of 1963 Billy Ray & Jeannette Cameron Otis & Mary Reamy Judy Thacker Williams

In Memory of Dr. & Mrs. O. D. Rowe Marilyn Rowe

In Memory of Jane Sheffey

Annette Burton and Stephen Lowder Michael & Joy Groves

In Memory of Berley Geiger Sid & Lisa Finklea

H. S. Williams Co. Jesse & Lara Jones Pete & Sydne Montague Phyllis Ratliffe Tom Rounds

In Memory of Sue Groves

Dave & Beth Moore

In Memory of Lester Halsey – Class of 1938 Otis & Mary Reamy

In Memory of Dwight Speeks – Class of 1955 Jimmie Ruth Speeks

In Memory of C. W. (Class of 1946) & Gladys Hawks Doug (deceased) & Janice Hawks

In Memory of Robert Trail – Class of 1959 Margaret Trail

Les & Mitzi Wiggin Frieda Anders Willey Judy Thacker Williams Robert Wilson

In Memory of Jim Herchenrider – Class of 1974 Otis & Mary Reamy

In Memory of L. D. Ussery

Patsy Pilkins Snow

In Memory of J. C. Hough Hilda Cates

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

GIFTS IN KIND Nick Antich Kerri Rust Gillis

In Memory of Linda Isner Joe Vanderdys

In Memory of Harold Wingate Brian & Beth Bunn Michael & Joy Groves

David & Kim Goodrum Brett & Jennifer Gragg Kim Hanly Jeff & Carol Jeffreys Rema McCue Deborah Nathanson Jack & Jennifer Stenner

In Memory of Betty Lou Campbell Johnson The Langley School

Thomas & Phyllis Morelli

In Memory of Stephen Kurtz Brian Krach Jeannette Norfleet

In Memory of Leon Wynn Hattie Fitzgerald

In Honor of Alex Stenner and Aidan Stenner – Class of 2017 Andrew & Caroline Fulmer Gerald Guyer William Harper

Meriwether-Godsey, Inc. Northwest Lawn Care Skyline National Bank Valley Boiler

GIFTS GIVEN IN HONOR OF: In Honor of Stephanie Linnea Anderson – Class of 2012 Barbara Anderson

CHURCH DONORS Young’s Chapel Baptist Church

In Honor of Cole Anthony – Class of 2019 Crystal McCrary

FACULTY AND STAFF GIVING Steve & Rhonda Bowen Laura Bryant (former staff) Brian & Beth (former staff) Bunn Aaron Butt Scott & Beth Cook (former staff) Gary & Katherine Crede (former staff) Dion & Martha Dacons John Duvall (former staff) Doug & Donna Fender (former staff) Sid (former staff) & Lisa Finklea Paul & Karen Fisher Todd & Katherine Giszack Michael & Joy Groves Mikki Haas (former staff) Sue Laughran (former staff) Linda Maynard (former staff) Bryan Meagher Ed & Carolyn Patton (former staff) Shirley Perkins (former staff) Laura Phipps Russell Scruggs (former staff) Linda Smith Steve & Lisa (former staff) Smith Gena Hall Tim Henry Stephanie Lanier (former staff)

FOUNDATION GIVING 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) Barbara Anderson

In Honor of Michael Burns

Jack & Jennifer Stenner

In Honor of Patrick Calabrese – Class of 2011 Alice Calabrese

In Honor of the Classes of 1971-76 and 1980-83 Sue Laughran

In Honor of Dennis & Lisa Dockery Mark & Linda Ross

Jerry & Allison Benson John & Sarah Boshart Linwood & Robin Branch Brian & Beth Bunn Richard Burke Alice Calabrese Jonathan & Christine Chasen Mary Chatman Steve & Kathryn Clemons Gary & Katherine Crede Burnell & Ellen Davis Doug & Melek Dickerson Dale & LeAnn Donahue Jerry & Susan Dupper Terry Dyroff & Patricia Darsie Edward & Donna Eng Marion Eugeno James & Nancy Evans Marius & Eileen Evans Lori Feezor Hattie Fitzgerald Donald & Tammy Francis Jon & Judy Groesbeck Mikki Haas Tselote Haimanot Larry & Linda Hamrick Francoise Hartline Daniel & Jessica Heard Travis & Jennifer Herbranson David & Andrea Hilliard Sandra Haines Hooks Betsy Hunroe David & Sharon Huntoon Bob & Sandra Jackson David Johnson Jerry & Barbara Johnson Tom Kaiser & Sallie Adams Wayne & Dena Landsman Dwayne & Belinda Majors Richard & Dawn Martinez Barry & Emily McCarthy Crystal McCrary Peggy Melville Diane Mercier Michael & Jackie Mickiewicz Randy & Laura Moorhead Richard & Joanne Mueller Jeannette Norfleet Scott & Christine Ogden Dan & Kimberly Oliver Michael & Page Page Ed & Carolyn Patton Jacqueline Peer George & Leslie (Sims) Pelton Paul & Lori Piazza Jackie Rustigian Ray & Diane Kenney Norman & Edith King

In Honor of Joy Groves

Susan Widener

In Honor of Michael and Joy Groves Jerry & Susan Dupper Allen & Lori Feezor Dale & Michelle Melton Ramona O’Bryant

In Honor of Leah Halsey

Hardin & Janet Halsey

In Honor of Steve Hebold

Judy Theuer (former staff) Mary Thomas (former staff) John & Elly Tucker Doug Turnmire

Jack & Jennifer Stenner

In Honor of Alec Hilliard – Class of 2001 David & Andrea Hilliard


In Honor of Rob & Nichole (Peer) Hollingsworth – Class of 2006 Jacqueline Peer In Honor of Elizabeth Douglass Hunting – Class of 1972 Walter Hunting

Kenny Bowen Richard Burke Danny Collins Larry Conner John Duvall (former trustee) Sidney Rose Fant (former trustee) Todd Fuller Dennis Gambill

In Honor of Brian Krach – Class of 1998 Jeannette Norfleet

Susie Garner Don Gibson Wayne Hager Rodney Halsey Rex Halsey (former trustee)

In Honor of Josh Luczynski – Class of 2011 Diane Mercier In Honor of Graeme Majors – Class of 2017 Dwayne & Belinda Majors In Honor of Julie Moorhead – Class of 2009 Randy & Laura Moorhead In Honor of Lincoln Ming Ogden – Class of 2016 Scott & Christine Ogden In Honor of the OHA Faculty and Staff Betsy Hunroe Constantine & Teresa Kutteh In Honor of Our Gang – John Hellwig, Scott Monett, and Elena Fabri Elena Fabri

Tom Harvey Joel Jackson John Jones (former trustee) Luke Kurtz Wayne Landsman (former trustee) Theresa Lazo Dale Melton Russell Miller (former trustee) Marty Parks George Pelton (former trustee) Carl Rosberg Paul Saunders (former trustee) Jennifer Stenner Karen Stevens (former trustee) Jim Tapp Mary Thomas Taylor Vaughan

In Honor of Ed & Carolyn Patton Stephanie Lanier

BUSINESS DONORS First Team Hyundai

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

Guynn Furniture H. S. Williams Co. K-VA-T Food Stores (Food City)

Jo Ann Watkins Harvey John Hoffman Sandra Haines Hooks Joe Judkins Don Krauss (deceased) Cyndy Cahill LoMonaco Bill Minson Larry Owens George Pelton Leslie Sims Pelton Lewis Phipps Neal Price (deceased) Otis Reamy Harry Sink Sarah Ussery Sink Ernie Surles Deanna Smiroldo Swayne Ted Ussery Alton Vick Susan Worsham Vick Nila Stevens Wehrenberg Jerry Wells Judy Thacker Williams Kenny Bowen Steve Bowen Karen Chappell Juanita DuBose Dotson Jeanne Marie DuBose Halley Greg Hartline Amber Brown Hayes Elizabeth Douglass Hunting Barbara Page George Pompeo

Janet Scagnelli Frank & Judith Spaeth Jack & Jennifer Stenner Ken & Patricia Thomas Rob & Susan Veerman Joe & Joy Walker Henry & Teresa Wang Susan Widener Les & Mitzi Wiggin

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 Barbara Anderson Linnea 2012 Jerry & Allison Benson Chris 2015 Richard Burke Liz 2007 Alice Calabrese Patrick 2011 Jonathan & Christine Chasen Jayden 2020 Mary Chatman Tre Current student Jerry & Susan Dupper Ashley 2014 Edward & Donna Eng Jeremy 2018 Steven 2018 Hattie Fitzgerald Darrick 2020 Donald & Tammy Francis Montana 2018 Jon & Judy Groesbeck Cade 2014 Tselote Haimanot Kalab 2019 Lydia 2020 Daniel & Jessica Heard Will 2020 Francoise Hartline Greg 1973 Travis & Jennifer Herbranson Caiden “Maria” 2020 Betsy Hunroe Campbell Non-graduate David & Sharon Huntoon Stephanie Non-graduate David Johnson Campbell Non-graduate Jerry & Barbara Johnson Crissy Non-graduate Tom Kaiser & Sallie Adams Nick 2017 Ray & Diane Kenney Myles 2020 Wayne & Dena Landsman Alexa 2006 Dwayne & Belinda Majors Graeme 2017 Richard & Dawn Martinez Devin Non-graduate Crystal McCrary Cole 2019 Michael & Jackie Mickiewicz Doug 2004 Richard & JoAnne Mueller Stephanie 2002 Michael & Page Page George Current student Ed & Carolyn Patton Mark 1984 Dan 1986 Jacqueline Peer Nichole 2006 George & Leslie Pelton Geoff (deceased) Non-graduate Paul & Lori Piazza Caroline Current student Jack & Jennifer Stenner Alex 2017 Aidan 2017 Ken & Patricia Thomas Courtney 2006 Rob & Susan Veerman Andrew 2008 Henry & Teresa Wang Jasper Current student


Marilyn Rowe Joe Vanderdys Tom Wheeler


Lori Henry Blackwood Elena Melanie Fabri

Russell Miller Scott Monett Judy Theuer


Stacy Eller Halsey Joel Jackson Brian Krach


Dion Dacons

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

ALUMNI GIVING (by classes)

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


Hilda Cates Lee Roy Davis Rex Halsey Nancy Brown Jackson Rex Liu Carol Osborne McGrady Glenna Halsey Morton Doris Wilson Patteson Patsy Pilkins Snow Frieda Anders Willey Robert Wilson

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


Ronnie Anderson Billy Ray Cameron Bonnie Lambert Cofield

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 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

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, 2019 to May 31, 2020. 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!

TOTALS Annual Fund

$402,451.87 $ 6,100.00 $142,441.16 $ 70,500.00 $ 6,940.00 $ 16,391.58

Endowed Funds


Capital Improvement Projects


Virginia Baptist Mission Board

Total Endowment May 31, 2020 - $3,666,203 Total Endowment May 31, 2019 - $3,169,555



Cumulative Giving Founders Society .........................................................$1,000,000+ Laureates Society ....................................... $500,000 - $999,999 Benefactors Society.................................... $100,000 - $499,999 Oak Hill Society.................................................$50,000 - $99,999 Guardians Society............................................ $25,000 - $49,000 Oak Hill Academy

Founders Society

Oak Hill Society

Dorothy Lenore Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation W. C. English Foundation Williams-Berry Charitable Foundation

C. E. Richardson Foundation C. W. Bolling Dixon Lumber Company Mary Morton Parsons Foundation

George & Leslie Pelton Paul & Tatum Saunders Ernie Surles

Laureates Society

Benefactors Society

Guardians Society

A. J. Fletcher Foundation Alma Dillon Trust Frances Dixon John & Susie Garner C. M. Gatton Joe & Carol Gigler Michael & Joy Groves Tim & Debra Marburger T. R. Paul Family Foundation

Kim Baughman and John Duvall Billy Ray & Jeannette Cameron Monica Cooper Palmer & Sidney Rose Fant Marshall & Peggy Frank Xiangpeng He & Xuhui Niu Ron & Lynn Kerr

Wayne & Dena Landsman Dwayne & Belinda Majors McIntosh Charitable Fund Morgan Foundation Richard & Joanne Mueller Karl (deceased) & Becky Muenzenmayer

Carl & Cheryl Rosberg Skyline National Bank Nancy Stone The Titmus Foundation Anne Vaughan Virginia Baptist Foundation Harold (deceased) & Millie Wingate

Ed & Carolyn Patton Jerry & Nina Patton Jacqueline Peer

Josh Smith Mark Todd

Vannoy Construction Taylor & Celia Vaughan Vaughan Furniture Foundation

Annual Fund 2020-2021 A sincere thank you to those that helped us reach our Annual Fund goal of $250,000 for 2019-2020! This year our goal for the Annual Fund is $265,000. The Annual Fund helps to finance, drive, and support the hard work that goes on at Oak Hill Academy and provides direct support to the school’s daily operations not covered by tuition. Your support of 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, 276-579-2619 or

OHA Alumni We Missed You!

We certainly missed hosting OHA former students for Alumni Weekend on campus this past summer. It just wasn’t the same without getting to visit with so many of you. We look forward to having as many of you as possible with us next summer and will be providing you with dates soon. Please get in touch with your classmates and make plans to join us!

Alumni News Darren Blackston – ‘83 Darren received his Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services, his Master’s in Public Policy, and his Doctorate in Education after graduating from OHA. He has worked in education for 25 years and is currently a Campus Director/Professor at Delaware State University. Kimberly Karen Kibben – ‘85 2433 W. Jacinto Avenue Mesa, AZ 85202 Karen is a Facility Security Officer/ ITPSO for the Department of Defense as a contractor in the satellite industry. William “Billy” Powell – ‘87 1 Queen Ann Court Ormond Beach, FL 32174 Billy recently moved from North Carolina to Ormond Beach for a job opportunity. Shari Apel – ‘95 19119 Canterbury Court Culpeper, VA 22701

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.

Deaths Nyle Hart – 1940’s NG Guy Chandler – ‘43 Robena Halsey Richardson – ‘47 Shirley Ann Hash – ‘49 Edith McGrady Harper-Halsey – ‘51 Keith Flory – ‘63 Neal Price – ‘63 Sandra Huber Saunders – ‘63 Deborah Freeman Hendrick – ‘75NG Les Waters – ‘80 Susan Whitney Willard – ‘81 Anne Weisner Powell – ‘89 Ella Ella – ‘02 Shannon “Shay” Boulware – ‘05 Madi Fox – ’10NG Savannah Holzworth – ’10NG Don Krauss – ‘60 Tom Barnard – ‘63

Anne Freeman – ‘96 14059 Stumptown Road Huntersville, NC 28078

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Salisbury University (MD) Santa Fe College (FL) Savannah College of Art & Design (GA)

Hood College (MD) Hope College (MI) Husson University (ME) Illinois Institute of Technology Indiana State University Indiana University-Purdue University Jacksonville University (FL) James Madison University (VA) John Cabot University (Rome, Italy) Johnson & Wales University (FL) Juniata College (PA) Knox College (IL) Lehigh University (PA) Lenoir-Rhyne University (NC) Louisiana State University Lourdes University (OH) Lynn University (FL) Maryland Institute College of Art Mary Baldwin University (VA) McKendree University (IL) Miami University (OH) Michigan State University Middle Tennessee State University Morgan State University (MD) Mount St. Mary’s University (MD) New Jersey Institute of Technology New York University North Carolina State University Norwich University (VT) Nova Southeastern University (FL) Ohio University Old Dominion University (VA) Penn State University (PA) Philander Smith College (AR) Point Park University (PA) Radford University (VA) Randolph-Macon College (VA) Randolph College (VA) Richard Bland College (VA) Richland Community College (IL) Roanoke College (VA) Rochester Institute of Technology (NY) Liberty University (VA) Lincoln University (MO)

School of Visual Arts (NY) Seton Hill University (PA) Shenandoah University (VA) Siena College (NY) Spelman College (GA) Syracuse University (NY) Temple University (PA) Tennessee Tech University The Ohio State University Thomas More University (KY)

Towson University (MD) University at Buffalo (NY) University of Alabama University of Alabama at Birmingham University of Arkansas University of California Santa Cruz University of Florida University of Indianapolis (IN) University of Kentucky University of Lynchburg (VA) Univ. of Maryland, Baltimore County University of Massachusetts Amherst University of Massachusetts Boston University of Pittsburgh (PA) University of St. Thomas (MN) University of Scranton (PA) University of San Diego (CA) University of San Francisco (CA) University of Southern California University of Tampa University of Tennessee University of Texas at Austin Virginia Commonwealth University Virginia Tech Wake Forest University (NC) Washington College (MD) Western Carolina University (NC) Xavier University (OH) University of Miami (FL) University of Mississippi University of Missouri University of New Hampshire University of North Carolina Asheville University of North Carolina Wilmington

Georgia State University Gettysburg College (PA)

Gustavus Adolphus College (PA) Hampden-Sydney College (VA)

St. Ambrose University (IA) Saint John’s University (MN) St. John’s University (NY) St. Lawrence University (NY)

Hampton University (VA) High Point University (NC)


With students necessarily off campus for an extended period due to COVID-19 concerns, it seemed an ideal time to renovate the weight room in Turner Building. The weight room is in almost constant use by our students and had not been upgraded in some time. The windows were original to the building and the indoor facility was in need of a facelift. After a successful fundraising campaign, the windows and flooring were replaced and new weight lifting equipment purchased. Many thanks to the donors that helped make these much needed improvements possible.

OHA Environmental Literacy Initiative Oak Hill Academy is a historic college preparatory, coeducational boarding school for students in grades 8-12. The school campus is located in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains adjacent to the New River, one of the oldest rivers on earth, and very near Mt. Rogers, the highest point in Virginia. Being located in one of the most biologically and ecologically diverse areas in the country offers Oak Hill students an advantageous and unique opportunity to grow in their knowledge and understanding of the natural environment around them. Accordingly, the Academy has created an Environmental Literacy Initiative built around four key-concepts including: academic study, field investigation, outdoor experience, and service. Through partnerships with several regional organizations, including the New River Conservancy, the Blue Ridge Discovery Center, and the New River Wildlife and Conservation Club, participants will grow in their appreciation of the natural world, and be better prepared to one day contribute to efforts of stewardship on a greater scale. The program was officially introduced at a ceremony on campus September 25, 2020 and we are looking forward to great things ahead.

Todd Giszack Principal

Members of the New River Conservancy, Blue Ridge Discovery Center, and New River Wildlife and Conservation Club (pictured left) with OHA students and staff at the program introduction meeting.

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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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