The Arrow Fall 2021

FALL 2021 The Arrow

Where Young Minds Come to Grow

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 Mr. Bobby Cheeks Rev. Danny Collins Mr. Larry Conner Mr. Todd Fuller Mr. Dennis Gambill Mrs. Susie Garner Mr. Don Gibson Dr. Wayne Hager Mr. Rodney Halsey Dr. Thomas Harvey Mr. Joel Jackson – ‘94 Mr. Luke Kurtz Mrs. Theresa Lazo Mr. Samuel Longanacre 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

P – Parent of OHA Alumnus

President’s Paragraph Following of the text of Dr. Groves’ Convocation Address: August 30, 2021 Good morning and welcome to Oak Hill Academy’s 143 rd school year. I have one question for you, the students of OHA: “What do you want?” Do you want to be surrounded by adults who won’t let you settle for being less than you should be? I hope so, because that’s what happens here. Do you want to grow and reach new levels of success, academically, athletically, socially? I hope so, because that’s what happens here. Do you want to build a circle of friends and classmates and teammates you will know and love for the rest of your life? If so, that’s good, because that’s what happens here at Oak Hill Academy. I commend you all for choosing to come to Mouth of Wilson, Virginia, to live and go to school. With this choice, you have set yourselves apart from your peers all over the world—those who choose to settle for less, who may take the easier path. Here at Oak Hill Academy, we all know that hard work, dedication, and sacrifice are the keys to great success. Collectively, I challenge us all to rise to the occasion befitting this moment, starting right here, right now. You, students, you are the lifeblood of our school. Know that you are joining a legacy of alumni stretching for generations. This is my 23 rd year at Oak Hill Academy; and I am 58 years old; so I understand from your perspective that folks like Rev. Turnmire,

Coach Smith, me … and perhaps a few others in this room—we may present to you as antiques. But I want you to think about this fact: Oak Hill Academy was here for 85 years before I was even born. You should take comfort in such an awesome legacy, take pride in it. There is a reason OHA is so successful and has been so for so long. So, I encourage you—trust us … especially when you hit a bump in the road or encounter difficulty. No, we are not perfect, but come rough times or high water, we shall be right here walking alongside you. We believe in you and we believe in our school. Lastly, let us make no mistake: God is here with us each step of the way, calling upon me to reaffirm in word and deed that you, the students of Oak Hill Academy … you are Children of God, Loved by God, and Created in God’s Image. The historic academy bell sits atop the tower in this chapel. It chimes only three times per year. Once to honor alumni who have died; once for each of our graduates on graduation eve (May 13, 2022), and today, for Convocation, the official start of the school year. OHA Alumnus, Mr. Chris Hill (‘94) will toll the academy bell, signaling the start of Oak Hill Academy’s 143 rd year. Welcome!

Follow Dr. Groves on Twitter @DrGrovesOHA.


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Homecoming 2021 is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, November 12-13. We welcome alumni and their families to join us for dinner, home basketball games, and a social time on Friday evening. Brunch will be served Saturday morning followed by a ceremony dedicating the tree planted in honor of the Class of 2020.

In compliance with state guidelines for Virginia schools, masks will be required for all attendees.

Friday, November 12 th 5:00 Dinner for alumni, former students, and their families (Vaughan Dining Hall) 6:00 Home Red and Gold Team Basketball Games (reserved seating will be available for alumni, former students, and their families)

9:00 S’mores social (OHA Amphitheater)

Saturday, November 13 th 10:00 Brunch for alumni, former students, and their families (Ussery Archives)

11:00 Class of 2020 Oak Tree Dedication and tolling of the Academy Bell in memory of passed alumni and former students

Please call (276-579-2619) or email ( to RSVP. We look forward to seeing you!

Supporting OHA Oak Hill Academy has provided a quality education for generations. Although some things have changed since 1878, the importance of an Oak Hill Academy education remains timeless. Our alumni and friends know this well and often ask,

How can I help the Academy? Here are two ways you can make a significant difference right now: refer and review.

Refer Oak Hill Academy is seeking mission-appropriate students and is still enrolling for the 2021 2022 academic year. Personal referrals are one of the most effective forms of communicating the importance of attending Oak Hill Academy. We are asking our trusted Oak Hill Academy supporters, friends, and families to help us find young people in grades 8-12 who would benefit from enrollment at Oak Hill. Would you be willing to connect them with us by sharing their contact details or by sharing ours? Just complete a “request information” form on our website or email us at admission@oak to learn more. For each referral you provide, we promise to reach out to them personally to share the oppor tunity of enrollment. In addition, Oak Hill Academy will make a contribution to our Promise Scholarship Fund on your behalf. These funds will be made available for financial aid for eligible applicants, further maximizing the impact of your referral. Review If you believe in the mission of Oak Hill Academy, please consider sharing it with others by writing a review about your experience on one of the online school review websites such as Niche, Boarding School Review, or Private School Review.

Increasingly, new families tell us that their final enrollment decision was based on their reading of online reviews. Your personal promotion of OHA is a priceless gift.

Annual Fund 2021-2022 This year our goal for the Annual Fund is $275,000. 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, or 276-579-2619.

A sincere thank you to those that helped us surpass our Annual Fund goal of $265,000 for 2020-2021!

OHA Welcomes

Ms. Kelyn Diamond Ms. Kelyn Diamond joins Oak Hill Academy an assistant in our admission office. She is a graduate of Appalachian State University and received her bachelor’s degree in English with a concentration in professional writing. She uses these skills to help produce content for the OHA website and social media pages. In her free time, Ms. Diamond enjoys creating digital art, running, and spending time outdoors!

Mr. Patrick Foster Mr. Patrick Foster joins Oak Hill Academy as a resident manager and technology staff member. He grew up in Norfolk, Virginia and graduated from James Madison University with a degree in computer science. Mr. Foster previously served on the residence life staff at a boarding school in New Hampshire and is also a member of the Marine Corps Reserves. Mr. Foster enjoys games and sports of all types, especially wrestling and ultimate Frisbee. He also enjoys hiking and rock climbing. Mr. Haris Hadzic Mr. Haris Hadzic is part of the residence life and technology staff at Oak Hill Academy. Originally from Fort Wayne, Indiana, he graduated from Purdue University with a bachelor’s degree in history and anthropology. Mr. Hadzic taught English in South Korea the past ten years. He very much enjoyed his time there, but decided it was time to return home. Mr. Hadzic enjoys playing sports and video games and exercising during his free time. He is happy to be at OHA and looks forward to making great memories during his time at the school.

New Faculty Members

Mr. Nick Lauterbach Mr. Nick Lauterbach joins Oak Hill Academy as an English teacher. A graduate of Liberty University, he holds degrees in history and biblical studies. If you stop by Mr. Lauterbach’s classroom, you will see he has a love for inspiring quotes, vibe lights, and Marvel movies. When not at school, you will find him on the pickleball court, at the movie theater, or being walked by the Grubbs’s dog Bubbles! Mr. Lauterbach looks forward to a great year with the students and staff at OHA. Ms. Ashley Smith Ms. Ashley Smith joined the Oak Hill Academy staff as the Dean of Girls in January 2021. She attended Johnson & Wales University where she completed her Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management in 2015. She also received her Master of Business Administration from JWU in 2021. Ms. Smith enjoys singing, reading, hiking, community theater, and traveling adventures!

Ms. Sienna Thompson Ms. Sienna Thompson joins Oak Hill Academy as a resident manager in Hough Dormitory. She graduated from Bard College in 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in written arts. Ms. Thompson’s mother, older sister, and guinea pig, Poppy, live in Malibu, California, where she grew up. Her father lives in Beijing, China. Ms. Thompson loves reading, writing, singing, and baking … usually not all at once!

State of the Academy 2020 - 2021 DONATIONS June 1, 2020 – May 31, 2021 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 Blaine Butterworth & Phyllis Ponder Dixon Lumber Company A. J. Fletcher Foundation C. M. Gatton Joe & Carol Gigler Tom & Marcia (Verploegen) Lewis Dwayne & Belinda Majors Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation Tim & Debra Marburger Carl & Cheryl Rosberg Jack & Jennifer Stenner Ernie Surles Williams-Berry Charitable Foundation

Wayne & Dena Landsman Bob & Theresa Lazo Ronnie McGhee Dale & Michelle Melton Michael & Jackie Mickiewicz Richard & Joanne Mueller Nike, Inc. Ramona O’Bryant

Rob & Susan Veerman William & Elizabeth (O’Halloran) Walters Tom Wheeler

THE FRIENDS CLUB Austin Alecxih Dan & Gerri Anderson Ronnie & Joan Anderson Merle Watts Angle Anonymous Jeff & Joan Bloomer John & Sara Boshart Carl & Dorothy Braun Joyce Browder Diann Cramer Butler Scott & Beth Cook Gary & Katherine Crede John & Peggy Crowder Jaclyn Dickens Dale & LeAnn Donahue Juanita DuBose Dotson Jerry & Susan Dupper Terry Dyroff & Patricia Darsie Ben & Caroline Eddy Marius & Eileen Evans Chad Faulk Paul & Karen Fisher Mark Fogwell Maxine Harris Francisco Scott Fuller Jo Gentry Bill & Diana Getzelmann Harvey & Wendy Giddens Todd & Katherine Giszack

Marty & Cathy Parks Richard & Terri Payne Jacqueline Peer Otis & Mary Reamy Troy Redmon & Jane Ganderup Otto Seidel Skyline National Bank Oscar & Mossie Teague Foundation

Mary Thomas Joe Vanderdys Anne Vaughan

THE FOUNDERS CLUB Kim Baughman & John Duvall Monica Cooper Jean Cunningham

Vaughan Furniture Foundation Alton & Susan (Worsham) Vick Dan (deceased) & Geneva Walters Jim & Minnie Wilcox Thomas & Joyce Woods Young’s Chapel Baptist Church

George & Pam Faulk John & Susie Garner Michael & Joy Groves

Linda Maynard John Musgrove Michael & Page Page George & Leslie (Sims) Pelton Nancy Stone (deceased) Vannoy Construction Virginia Baptist Foundation THE PRESIDENT’S CLUB Ross Allen Bob & Dolores Bailey Kenny & Pattie Bowen Ricky & Kim Brown Richard Burke Brett Carey Mary Chatman Inez Cox Ralph & Cindy Davis Frances Dixon James Doffin Clarke Epperly Palmer & Sidney Rose Fant Donald & Tammy Francis Marshall & Peggy Frank Todd & Lori Fuller Dennis & Wendy Gambill Myrna Geiger Don & Jayne Gibson Jon & Judy Groesbeck Janice Hawks Tim Henry Bill & Nancy (Brown) Jackson Joel Jackson Joe Judkins Tom Kaiser & Sallie Adams Luke Kurtz Allen & Lori Feezor Sid & Lisa Finklea Hattie Fitzgerald

THE RED AND GOLD CLUB Jacky Anderson Bass Pro Shop Outdoor Grant Fund

Jerry & Allison Benson Steve & Rhonda Bowen Christie Boyd Doug & Kathy Bryant Alice Calabrese Jeannette Cameron Sherman & Treva Carey Steven Ciemcioch Danny & Patricia Collins Pierre & Gwendolyn Dacons Marion Eugeno Jason Gilliam-Alexander Mark Graham Hardin & Janet Halsey Rex Halsey William Harper Greg Hartline

Rokas Gustys Wayne Hager Gena Hall John Hallagan

Jeanne-Marie DuBose Halley Rodney & Stacy (Eller) Halsey Larry & Linda Hamrick Colel & Susan Harden Carroll & Jo Ann (Watkins) Harvey Tom & Nancy Harvey John Hassell Dale & Kim Heard David & Andrea Hilliard Scott & Susan Hoagland John Hoffman Sandra Haines Hooks Keith Hornsby Bill & Linda Huber Walter & Elizabeth (Douglass) Hunting Bob & Sandra Jackson John & Joy Jones Yoseph & Loretta Kiros

Jim Herchenrider Estate David & Sharon Huntoon Jeff & Carol Jeffreys Jerry & Barbara Johnson Morton & Margaret (deceased) Lester Betty Ann Lifsey Jared Long Russell Montgomery Ed & Carolyn Patton George Pompeo Dan & Kim Slemp Sam & Amanda (Slemp) Smartt Ken & Patricia Thomas Greg & Kim Travlos

Constantine & Teresa Kutteh K-VA-T Food Stores (Food City) Stephanie Lanier Patrick & Sue Laughran

Doug & Ruth Turnmire Taylor & Celia Vaughan

Jean Lindsey Sarah Lofton

Barry & Emily McCarthy Bryan & Karli Meagher Peggy Melville Ralph & Pam Miller Russell Miller Bill Minson Randy & Laura Moorhead Alan & Glenna (Halsey) Morton Lila Noonkester Dave & Lynn Odom Scott & Christine Ogden Larry Owens Shirley Perkins Damerick Perry Corinne Pluska Christopher & Josephine Powell Presnell & Henry Properties Dale & Nancy Pursell John & Loretta Ragland Anthony & Ewa (Bartkowiak) Reedy Jan Roberts John & Stephanie Roberts John Roger Mark & Linda Ross Richard & Joyce Rouse Jackie Rustigian Tom & Lyn Saunders Russell Scruggs Bill Sebastian Susan Wudijono Setiawan Cheslie Smith

In Memory of Billy Ray Cameron – Class of 1963 Michael & Joy Groves Otis & Mary Reamy

In Memory of Nancy Stone Michael & Joy Groves

In Memory of Robert Trail – Class of 1959 Margaret Trail

In Memory of Carl & Mildred Collins Danny & Patricia Collins

In Memory of Harold Dean Wilson – Class of 1952 Robert & Anne Wilson

In Memory of Louise English

Morton & Margaret (deceased) Lester

In Memory of Andy Woods – Class of 2000 Thomas & Joyce Woods

In Memory of Keith Flory – Class of 1963 Otis & Mary Reamy Alton & Susan (Worsham) Vick

GIFTS GIVEN IN HONOR OF: In Honor of Brendan Anderson – Class of 2013 Dan & Gerri Anderson

In Memory of Berley Geiger Myrna Geiger

In Honor of the Pearce and Bailey Families Bob & Dolores Bailey

In Memory of Anne-Christy Haden – Class of 1963 Maxine Harris Francisco

In Honor of Chris Benson – Class of 2015 Jerry & Allison Benson

In Memory of C. W. (Class of 1946) & Gladys Hawks John & Loretta Ragland

In Honor of Patrick Calabrese – Class of 2011 Alice Calabrese

In Memory of Doug Hawks Janice Hawks

In Honor of Jeannette Cameron Otis & Mary Reamy

In Memory of Michael Howe Diann Cramer Butler John Hassell

In Honor of the Class of 1970 Diann Cramer Butler

In Memory of Linda Isner Joe Vanderdys

Stuart & Susan Smith Tom & Linda Smith Tom & Yolanda Smith Nim Sonaike Frank & Judith Spaeth Charles & Amy Stewart Deanna Smiroldo Swayne Jim & Pam Tapp

In Honor of the Class of 1971 Patrick & Sue Laughran

In Memory of HV Lindsey Jean Lindsey

In Honor of the Dacons Family

Pierre & Gwendolyn Dacons

In Memory of Jim Lofton – Class of 1961 Sarah Lofton

In Honor of Dennis & Lisa Dockery Mark & Linda Ross

Margaret Trail Jordan Turner Leslie Verploegen Nick Voelker John & Nila (Stevens) Wehrenberg Susan Widener Les & Mitzi Wiggin Larry Wilborn & Cindi Gibbs-Wilborn Frieda Anders Willey

In Memory of Mike Maynard Linda Maynard

In Honor of Calvin Duncan – Class of 1981 Otis & Mary Reamy

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

In Honor of John Duvall Otis & Mary Reamy

In Memory of Dolores Austin Moser – 1940’s student Monica Cooper In Memory of Rachel Muenzenmayer – Class of 1986 Russell Miller

In Honor of John Eddy – ‘04NG Ben & Caroline Eddy

Robert Wilson Millie Wingate

In Honor of Joy Groves Susan Widener

GIFTS IN KIND Doug & Kathy Bryant Kendall Cobb

In Memory of Manly & Mary Lee Murphy Otis & Mary Reamy

In Honor of Michael Groves

Donald & Tammy Francis

Randy & Patti Conn Katherine Constable First Team Auto Mall Elizabeth Ghareeb Graceless Farms Jeff & Carol Jeffreys Tom & Marcia (Verploegen) Lewis Brantley Teague

In Memory of Doris Noble

In Honor of Michael and Joy Groves Allen & Lori Feezor Dale & Michelle Melton Ramona O’Bryant Stuart & Susan Smith In Honor of Alec Hilliard – Class of 2001 David & Andrea Hilliard

Wayne & Dena Landsman

In Memory of J. Ralph Noonkester – Class of 1940 – and Naomi Noonkester Lila Noonkester

In Memory of Jewell Ford Patton Ed & Carolyn Patton

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


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

In Memory of Tom Barnard – Class of 1963

Billy Ray (deceased) & Jeannette Cameron Alan & Glenna (Halsey) Morton Otis & Mary Reamy Alston & Susan (Worsham) Vick

In Memory of Jim Perkins Shirley Perkins

In Memory of Dave Pittman – Class of 1980 Otis & Mary Reamy In Memory of Neal Price – Class of 1963 Otis & Mary Reamy In Memory of E. W. & Nancy Stone Kim Baughman John Duvall

In Honor of Darrick Jones – Class of 2020 Hattie Fitzgerald

In Memory of Anna Beaty

Michael & Jackie Mickiewicz

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

In Memory of William Bruce Otis & Mary Reamy Jan Roberts

In Honor of Lincoln Ming Ogden – Class of 2016 Scott & Christine Ogden

In Honor of the OHA Faculty and Staff Constantine & Teresa Kutteh

Joel Jackson John Jones (former trustee) Luke Kurtz Wayne Landsman (former trustee) Theresa Lazo Margaret Lester (former trustee) Marcia Verploegen Lewis (former trustee) Dale Melton Russell Miller (former trustee) Marty Parks George Pelton (former trustee) Carl Rosberg Tom Saunders

Peggy Melville Michael & Jackie Mickiewicz Randy & Laura Moorhead Richard & Joanne Mueller John Musgrove Dave & Lynn Odom Scott & Christine Ogden Michael & Page Page Ed & Carolyn Patton Jacqueline Peer George & Leslie (Sims) Pelton Corinne Pluska Dale & Nancy Pursell Troy Redmon & Jane Ganderup John & Stephanie Robinson Jackie Rustigian Dan & Kim Slemp Tom & Yolanda Smith Nim Sonaike

In Honor of OHA Students

Todd & Katherine Giszack

In Honor of Antywane Robinson – Class of 2002 Thomas Fry

In Honor of Russell Scruggs Otis & Mary Reamy

In Honor of Steve & Lisa Smith Stuart & Susan Smith

Jennifer Stenner Charles Stewart Jim Tapp Mary Thomas Taylor Vaughan (former trustee) BUSINESS DONORS Dixon Lumber Co. First Team Hyundai K-VA-T Food Stores (Food City) Nike, Inc. Presnell & Henry Properties

In Honor of Steve Smith

Ralph & Cindy Davis C.M. Gatton John Roger Jim & Minnie Wilcox

Frank & Judith Spaeth Jack & Jennifer Stenner Ken & Patricia Thomas Greg & Kim Travlos Rob & Susan Veerman Susan Widener Les & Mitzi Wiggin Thomas & Joyce Woods Larry Wilborn & Cindi Gibbs-Wilborn

In Honor of Tobi Sonaike – Class of 2019 Nim Sonaike

In Honor of Alex Stenner and Aidan Stenner – Class of 2017 William Harper

Skyline National Bank Vannoy Construction

In Honor of Kyle Travlos – Class of 2007 Greg & Kim Travlos

CHURCH DONORS Young’s Chapel Baptist Church

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.)

In Honor of Keith Wiggin – Non-Graduate Les & Mitzi Wiggin

FOUNDATION GIVING AJ 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) Dan & Gerri Anderson Jerry & Allison Benson

In Honor of Tyler Wilborn – Current Student Larry Wilborn & Cindi Gibbs-Wilborn






Jerry & Allison Benson


2015 2007 2011 1996 2003 1988 2012 2020 2018 2008 2017 2006 2017 2004 2002 1984 1986 2006 2018 2006 2017 2017 2006 2007 2008 2014

Richard Burke Alice Calabrese


FACULTY AND STAFF GIVING Steve & Rhonda Bowen Laura Bryant (former staff) Scott & Beth Cook (former staff) Gary & Katherine Crede (former staff) Jaclyn Dickens (former staff) John Duvall (former staff) Sid (former staff) & Lisa Finklea Paul & Karen Fisher Todd & Katherine Giszack Michael & Joy Groves Scott Hoagland (former staff) Stephanie Lanier (former staff) Sue Laughran (former staff) Linda Maynard (former staff) Bryan Meagher Ed & Carolyn Patton (former staff) Gena Hall Tim Henry


Sherman & Treva Carey


Mary Chatman



Pierre & Gwendolyn Dacons

Dion Mary Chase

Marion Eugeno

Allen & Lori Feezor Hattie Fitzgerald


Donald & Tammy Francis Marshall & Peggy Frank

Montana Meredith Bremely

John & Sarah Boshart Carl & Dorothy Braun

Mark Graham

Current stude

Richard Burke Alice Calabrese Sherman & Treva Carey Mary Chatman Gary & Katherine Crede Pierre & Gwendolyn Dacons Dale & LeAnn Donahue Jerry & Susan Dupper Terry Dyroff & Patricia Darsie Ben & Caroline Eddy Marion Eugeno Marius & Eileen Evans Lori Feezor Hattie Fitzgerald Donald & Tammy Francis Marshall & Peggy Frank Jo Gentry Bill & Diana Getzelmann Mark Graham Harvey & Wendy Giddens Jon & Judy Groesbeck Larry & Linda Hamrick Dale & Kim Heard David & Andrea Hilliard David & Sharon Huntoon Bob & Sandra Jackson Jerry & Barbara Johnson Tom Kaiser & Sallie Adams Yoseph & Loretta Kiros Wayne & Dena Landsman Dwayne & Belinda Majors Barry & Emily McCarthy

Jon & Judy Groesbeck David & Sharon Huntoon Jerry & Barbara Johnson Tom Kaiser & Sallie Adams Wayne & Dena Landsman Dwayne & Belinda Majors Michael & Jackie Mickiewicz Richard & JoAnne Mueller



Current stude Non-graduate

Crissy Nick Alexa




Ed & Carolyn Patton


Shirley Perkins (former staff) Russell Scruggs (former staff) Linda Smith Mary Thomas (former staff) Doug Turnmire


Jacqueline Peer


George & Leslie Pelton

Geoff (deceased) Non-graduate

Troy Redmon & Jane Ganderup Jackson

Dan & Kim Slemp


Jack & Jennifer Stenner




Ken & Patricia Thomas Greg & Kim Travlos Rob & Susan Veerman Thomas & Joyce Woods



Kenny Bowen Richard Burke Danny Collins


Andy (deceased) 2000

Ralph Davis (former trustee) John Duvall (former trustee) Sidney Rose Fant (former trustee) Marshall Frank (former trustee) Todd Fuller Dennis Gambill

ALUMNI GIVING (by classes) 1940-49 Bill Sebastian


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

Merle Watts Angle Rex Halsey

Nancy Brown Jackson Glenna Halsey Morton Frieda Anders Willey Robert Wilson

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


Ronnie Anderson Maxine Harris Francisco Jo Ann Watkins Harvey John Hoffman Sandra Haines Hooks Joe Judkins Bill Minson Russell Montgomery Larry Owens George Pelton Leslie Sims Pelton Otis Reamy Otto Seidel Susan Wudijono Setiawan Ernie Surles Deanna Smiroldo Swayne Alton Vick Susan Worsham Vick Nila Stevens Wehrenberg Kenny Bowen Steve Bowen Diann Cramer Butler Juanita DuBose Dotson Jeanne Marie DuBose Halley Colel Harden Greg Hartline John Hassell Elizabeth Douglass Hunting Marcia Verploegen Lewis George Pompeo

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

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


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. Marcia Verploegen Lewis Scholarship Endowed Fund 14. Dolores Austin Moser Endowed Scholarship 15. Rachel Muenzenmayer Endowed Scholarship 16. John M. and Collina Caldwell Pair Endowed Scholarship Fund 17. Jewell Ford Patton Endowed Memorial Fund 18. Geoffrey Reed Pelton Endowed Memorial Fund 19. Jim J. and Stella Todd Endowed Memorial Scholarship 20. Harry & Patsy Williams Endowed Scholarship


Joe Vanderdys Tom Wheeler


Clarke Epperly Russell Miller Cheslie Smith Elizabeth O’Halloran Walters



Total Endowment May 31, 2021 - $4,381,711 Total Endowment May 31, 2020 - $3,666,203

Brett Carey Jason Gilliam-Alexander Stacy Eller Halsey Joel Jackson


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, 2020 to May 31, 2021. 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!

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Austin Alecxih Jared Long

Ewa Bartkowiak Reedy Amanda Slemp Smartt


Rokas Gustys Keith Hornsby Jordan Turner



Annual Fund

$ 290,358.86 $ 21,588.44 $ 156,600.00 $ 400,000.00 $ 91,125.00 $ 100,000.00 $ 8,236.00 $ 16,653.13

Endowed Funds


Unrestricted Gift

Weight Room Remodel Web Site Development


Virginia Baptist Mission Board



Oak Hill Academy 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

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 Charles & Mary Helen Dickson (deceased) Dixon Lumber Company Mary Morton Parsons Foundation Paul & Tatum Saunders Kim Baughman and John Duvall Kenny & Pattie Bowen Blaine Butterworth & Phyllis Ponder Billy Ray (deceased) & Jeannette Cameron Monica Cooper Inez Cox Palmer & Sidney Rose Fant Marshall & Peggy Frank Xiangpeng He & Xuhui Niu Ron & Lynn Kerr

Laureates Society

Alma Dillon Trust

Guardians Society

Benefactors Society

A. J. Fletcher Foundation Frances Dixon John & Susie Garner C. M. Gatton Joe & Carol Gigler Michael & Joy Groves Tim & Debra Marburger T. R. Paul Family Foundation George & Leslie Pelton Carl & Cheryl Rosberg Skyline National Bank Nancy Stone (deceased) Ernie Surles The Titmus Foundation Anne Vaughan Virginia Baptist Foundation Millie Wingate

Wayne & Dena Landsman Dwayne & Belinda Majors McIntosh Charitable Fund Morgan Foundation Richard & Joanne Mueller Rebecca Muenzenmayer Ed & Carolyn Patton Jerry & Nina Patton Jacqueline Peer Josh Smith Jack & Jennifer Stenner Mary Thomas Mark Todd Vannoy Construction Taylor & Celia Vaughan Vaughan Furniture Foundation

OHA and Jed Foundation Partnership To help us in these efforts, we are excited to announce a new partnership with the Jed Foundation, a non-profit that specializes in the mental health of teens/young adults ( Their goal is to empower students to “grow into healthy, thriving adults” by focusing on emotional health, substance misuse and suicide prevention. After several years of experience working with college campuses,

By all accounts, teens and young adults today are experiencing increasing mental health challenges. Rates of anxiety and depression are growing, and the pandemic has only exacerbated these trends. Sadly, suicide is the second leading cause of death in this age group. Virtually all teens are dealing with mental health issues in some way, whether personally or through relationships with their friends and classmates who are directly affected. spiritual, social and intellectual health are all interrelated. We desire to help our students grow in each of these ways, so they are as equipped as possible when they move into the next phase of their lives. Because of that philosophy, and to ensure we are supporting our students in a holistic way, this school year we will focus much attention on the issue of adolescent mental health with an eye toward ensuring that our practices and approach to student health are informed and effective. Here at OHA we focus on the whole student and recognize that emotional, physical,

JED has more recently launched a high school program designed to help schools thoroughly evaluate their mental health support policies and practices. To date, this one-of-a-kind, data driven JED Boarding School Program has partnered with only 5 high schools nationally, and we are pleased to be among them. This fall (2021) we will collect data from staff and students, review it along with our JED partners to identify areas where we can enhance our mental health support, and use that information to map out a comprehensive wellness plan later this school year. We believe that in partnering with JED, the Academy will be better equipped to meet the emotional needs of this current generation of students.




Head Coach: Steve Smith

Phone: (276) 579-3224










Massanuttan Mil Acad, VA-SCRIMMAGE Roanoke, VA


(played at Patrick Henry HS) Geico Top Flight Invitational



Las Vegas, NV


(3 Exhibition Games)

29 30

Fri Sat

The Steward Academy, WA


6:30 2:00 3:00 6:30 6:30 6:30 TBA 6:30 7:00 6:30

Bristol Prep, TN

6 9

Sat Tue Wed

Ridgeview Prep, NC


Winston-Salem Christian, NC

10 12 13 15 16 17

Minnesota Prep, MN Olympus Prep, NJ Greensboro Day, NC Providence Academy, TN Vision Academy, NY Montverde Academy, FL * Sunrise Christian, KS* Aim High, MI

Fri Sat



Johnson City, TN




2 3 4 7


Montverde, FL Montverde, FL Montverde, FL MOW, VA Phoenix, AZ Phoenix, AZ Ft. Myers, FL




IMG Academy, FL*

Tue Thu

Providence Academy, TN

6:30 6:30 9:00


Legacy Charter, NC*



Arizona Compass Prep, AZ City of Palms Invitational



(4 Games)



6 7 8


La Lumiere School, IN* Bishop Walsh, MD*

LaPorte, IN LaPorte, IN LaPorte, IN




Wasatch HS, UT*

(Games Played at LaPorte Civic Center)



HoopHall Classic, MA

Springfield, MA

(3 Games)

TBA 6:30 6:30 3:30 7:30

19 21 22 26


Franklin Prep, NC Burlington School, NC


Fri Sat

Quality Education Academy, NC


Bull City Prep, NC


3 4 5


Legacy Charter, NC* Wasatch HS, UT* Roselle Catholic, NJ




Sat Fri Sat Tue Fri Sat Fri Sat

11 12 15 18 19 25 26

Rock Creek Christian, MD University School, TN


6:30 3:30 6:30 6:30 4:30 6:00 7:00

Liberty Heights, NC

Top Flight Academy, Canada Virginia Episcopal School, VA

Tidewater Prep, VA

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Gold Team News 2021-2022 Season Outlook

Coach Smith expects the 2021-22 basketball season to be one of his finest at OHA. The Warriors have joined the NIBC (National Invitation Basketball Conference), which boasts membership of at least six other top ten nationally ranked teams. Along with conference games, our schedule has the Warriors traveling to Arizona, Florida, New Jersey, Indiana and Massachusetts to play one of our toughest schedules yet. Coming back to lead the way is junior point guard and Duke commit, Caleb Foster. Underclassmen also returning in form are Justin McBride, Xavier Brown and Tybo Bailey. Bolstering our squad is University of Kentucky signee Chris Livingston, LSU commit Devin Ree, University of Pittsburgh signee Judah Mintz, and ETSU signee Jeremy Gregory. Other new additions to the Warriors this season are senior center Christian Reeves, and guards Cordell Livingston and Jordan Marsh. The Warriors are working hard to be prepared for their season opener at home on October 29th, which is just around the corner. The competition of the NIBC, along with our national schedule, will push the Warriors to attain their full potential. They look forward to the challenge and hope to emerge as one of Oak Hill’s best. Fans will be welcome to historic Turner Gymnasium for home games this season. In compliance with state guidelines for Virginia schools, masks will be required for all attendees.

Have You Heard of the OHA Parents’ Association? The Oak Hill Academy Parents’ Association (PA) was established several years ago as a venue for OHA families to connect and to support the mission of the Academy. In fact, the Oak Hill Mission Statement itself conveys the school’s emphasis on relationship-building in its commitment to:

“…fostering relationships among students, families, and our school….”

Oak Hill Academy believes in equipping our students to thrive, and we want nothing less for their families. Because OHA is 100% boarding, we welcome our students to get involved with campus life; likewise, we encourage our families to participate in the life of the school.

Purpose The Oak Hill Academy Parents’ Association serves four main functions. • To enrich the students’ experience • To establish connections with the Academy and among families • To support the mission of the Academy • To represent the Academy to external constituents

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Membership The Oak Hill Academy Parents’ Association includes the parents, guardians and grandparents of students currently enrolled at the Academy. The PA encourages maximum involvement and does not collect any dues. We are all partners in promoting the growth and well-being of the young people entrusted to our care, and our goal for the 2021-2022 school year is 100% participation.

PA ⬌ Students Goal: E nriching students’ experience ● Special Projects ● Fundraising (class gifts, for example) ● Brainstorming/Assessing Needs PA ⬌ School Goal: Supporting Faculty & Staff ● Teacher Appreciation ● Parents’ Weekend Events ● Strategic Dialogue PA ⬌ Students Goal: E nriching students’ experience ● Special Projects ● Fundraising (class gifts, for example) ● Brainstorming/Assessing Needs PA ⬌ School Goal: Supporting Faculty & Staff ● Teacher Appreciation ● Parents’ Weekend Events ● Strategic Dialogue PA Students Goal: E nriching students’ experience ● Special Projects ● Fundraising (class gifts, for example) ● Brainstorming/Assessing Needs PA School Goal: Supporting Faculty & Staff ● Teacher Appreciation ● Parents’ Weekend Events ● Strategic Dialogue PA Students Goal: E nriching students’ experience ● Special Projects ● Fundraising (class gifts, for example) ● Brainstorming/Assessing Needs PA School Goal: Supporting Faculty & Staff ● Teacher Appreciation ● Parents’ Weekend Events ● Strategic Dialogue

PA ⬌ Parents Goal: Establishing connections ● Ne tworking and Support ● Events: Meetings/Socials PA ⬌ Parents Goal: Establishing connections ● Ne tworking and Support ● Events: Meetings/Socials PA Parents Goal: Establishing connections ● Ne tworking and Support ● Events: Meetings/Socials PA Parents Goal: Establishing connections ● Ne tworking and Support ● Events: Meetings/Socials PA ⬌ World Goal: Representing OHA PA ⬌ World Goal: Representing OHA ● Parent Ambassador Network ● Providing Referrals & Reviews ● Attending/hosting events PA World Goal: Representing OHA ● Parent Ambassador Network ● Providing Referrals & Reviews ● Attending/hosting events PA World Goal: Representing OHA ● Parent Ambassador Network ● Providing Referrals & Reviews ● Attending/hosting events ● Parent Ambassador Network ● Providing Referrals & Reviews ● Attending/hosting events ● Communication : Groups/newsletter ● Communication : Groups/newsletter ● Communication : Groups/newsletter ● Communication : Groups/newsletter

Wish List

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

Other Giving Opportunities (partial list) Alumni Campus Store Tile $500 Steve Smith Weight Room Mirror $1,000 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 Umbrellas for Outdoor Dining Area Stand Up Paddleboards

$300-$500 $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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