The Arrow Fall 2022

FALL 2022 The Arrow

Where Your Potential Becomes Possible

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. David Davis 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. Richard Joyce – ‘02 Mr. Luke Kurtz Mrs. Theresa Lazo Mr. Samuel Longanacre 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 29, 2022

Good morning and welcome to Oak Hill Academy, in this, our school’s 144 th Year. Know that you are part of something special. Since 1878, students from all over the world have been gathering in this tiny place called Mouth of Wilson to live together, to go to school together, to build a community together. So, congratulations on becoming a member of the OHA Family. Our theme for this year is CONNECT, and of course there is no family, there is no community, without connection. Rest assured, everyone in this room is a member of the “family” and we are all “connected” with

one another. Please take a moment to look around at the faculty, staff, and administration who are all here to show their support for you on this first day of school. We are going to make connections with you-- today, tomorrow, and all year long; this is our pledge to you … you can count on it; you can count on us. I also want you to know that the connections you have with our school—which is now your school— extend far beyond this room. Today we have students enrolled from 18 countries and 20 US states. Multiply this number by 144 (years) and in an instant, you, sitting here today, you are connected to generations of alumni from all over the world. Oak Hill Academy alumni include presidents of colleges, pastors, doctors, lawyers, teachers, professors, engineers, psychologists, owners of businesses, and, yes, a few famous basketball players. The Oak Hill bloodlines run deep and wide; the connections are far-reaching and all-embracing. And, lastly, I want you to know that, unmistakably, the presence of God is with us. Here at Oak Hill you shall be reminded often that you are a child of God, that you are loved by God, and that you are created in the image of God. For over one hundred years students have been called to order at Oak Hill Academy by the Academy Bell. We toll the bell in the summer—once for each alumnus who has passed in the previous year. We toll it on Graduation Eve—once for each graduating senior. And, we toll it today, to signal the start of our academic year.

Follow Dr. Groves on Twitter @DrGrovesOHA.

Welcome from Todd Giszack, Associate Head of School for Advancement

As we begin this year on The Hill, I’ve transitioned from the role of Principal to a new and exciting position- Associate Head of School for Advancement. In independent schools, the Advancement Office typically manages the “outward facing” components of the school program. Things like enrollment management, communication, parent engagement, development, and alumni relations. Each of these is important, but the thing I’m particularly enjoying thus far is meeting and learning the stories of our alumni. Consider that 2022-23 is Oak Hill Academy’s 144 th school year. Even using conservative estimates, there are no doubt thousands of OHA alumni who speckle every corner of our globe. Each of these men and women, this Warrior Nation, studied and lived at this amazing, transformative school in the mountains of southwest Virginia. They walked our halls, slept in the cool mountain air, ate our food, made friends, sang hymns, and grew up. And it’s clear that they went on to do amazing things. Put simply, we want to connect with as many of them as we can. They are our legacy, the reason we are here. And the value of our efforts is written in the fabric of their lives. Oak Hill alumni are special, and each has a unique story to tell. This past summer, I was privileged to be part of the 50th reunion celebration for the class of 1972 (and also 1971, who was robbed of their meeting last year due to you-know-what). What an amazing time we had together. Truly inspiring, and what I learned is that our alumni are remarkable, and want to support the Academy. They want to help the school to remain strong. And if that same spirit is in you in any measure, all I can say is the time is now. We have work to do. So, I’m inviting every single member of the Warrior Nation to stir up your memories of this place. Your school. Your home while you were here. Remember who you were then, and what impact being here had on you. And mark your calendars for our upcoming Homecoming on November 11th and 12th. We have home games each of those days and I hope you’ll consider coming back. And if you’re an alumnus, please consider filling out this simple form, as we are working hard to update our contact information. Here’s the link to the contact form: https://oakhillacademy/ . Warrior Nation - we have work to do. Work to ensure that Oak Hill Academy stands strong like a city on a hill, prepared to meet the needs of not only this current generation of students, but many generations to come. Let’s make year 144 our best ever. GO WARRIORS!

Tim Henry Retires as Director of Development Mr. Tim Henry, OHA’s Director of Development since 2005 (and member of the OHA Faculty since 1988) has announced his retirement from the Development Office. Oak Hill President, Dr. Michael Groves, acknowledged Mr. Henry in May 2022 on Graduation Eve. “Under his leadership and direction OHA has completed several building campaigns, formalized the Annual Fund as a vital component of our school’s advancement, reestablished donor events, and coordinated alumni gatherings.” Mr. Henry shall remain at Oak Hill Academy as the Director of the Lenore Equestrian Program.

Abby Blair Endowed Scholarship Fund

Oak Hill Academy is pleased to announce

the creation of the Abby Blair Scholarship; Abby attended OHA from 2014 to 2016. At the age of 18, Abby died in a house fire in January 2017. The Blair family (parents, Brandon and Suzy; and Abby’s brother, Charlie) have remained in touch

Andy Woods Endowed Scholarship Fund

Oak Hill Academy is honored to partner with Joyce and Thomas Woods with the establishment of the Andy Woods Scholarship. Andy graduated from OHA in 2000. Friends and classmates remember Andy’s ready smile, his talent on the tennis courts,

with the school for the past four years, becoming good friends with School President, Dr. Michael Groves. Each year the Blairs make their way back to the mountains from their home in High Point, North Carolina, touring the OHA campus, walking the school grounds, and visiting Hough Dormitory— where a picture of Abby resides in the lounge. Brandon and Suzy believe strongly in the mission of OHA: “The last few months of Abby’s life were truly the best for her, and that was because of the two years she was a student at Oak Hill Academy.” The school is grateful to partner with the Blair family in such a meaningful way.

and his easy-going spirit. Current school President, Dr. Michael Groves, served as a Social Studies teacher for Andy in 1998. Andy was 37 years old when he passed in October 2019. The scholarship is created in his memory and shall benefit OHA students for generations.

Ed Patton: Humble Servant, Thoughtful Mentor, Reluctant Icon

appealing, and after a 20-hour drive he arrived on The Hill for the first time. During his visit, an incident arose in one of the boys’ dorms which required the involvement of the Dean. Ed was asked if he wanted to “come along for the ride.” He agreed, and together they were able to successfully manage the situation. In recounting this story, Dr. Patton said, “It was at that very moment when I was immersed in the lives and issues of the students in that dorm that I realized that Oak Hill Academy was the place I was supposed to be. It was as if God spoke it directly to my heart.” The rest is history. Ed Patton and his wife Carolyn reported for duty at Oak Hill Academy in time to begin the 1967-68 school year. His first role was as a Bible and history teacher, and Carolyn soon became the secretary to the school President, a post she would hold for 14 years. The year after their arrival, the very friend who had first invited him to The Hill stepped down as Dean of Students and Ed was tapped to replace him. For the following 16 years, Ed impacted countless young people in his new role. Some would describe him as the perfect blend of compassion and sternness. All would agree that his heart was always for the students. He truly loved them, and for many he became a proxy father figure. He and Carolyn labored faithfully and sacrificially in their roles until 1985, when the next big step in his career unfolded. In 1986, Ed Patton was appointed as the 12 th President of Oak Hill Academy, and Carolyn took on the role of Administrative Assistant to the President. Over the next 16 years, the campus and program evolved tremendously. Under his leadership, in 1988 the English Academic Building and the Equestrian Facility were both constructed. That same year the school purchased a vintage farmhouse and land adjacent to campus- -referred to lovingly as the “Halsey House.” Today the school Principal lives in that home. Eventually, the campus footprint would nearly double in size during Dr. Patton’s presidency. Also in 1988, Oak Hill Academy gained entrance to the Virginia Association of Independent Schools (VAIS) and was thus recognized as a fully accredited school. The school has remained fully accredited ever since. The Academy’s food service was first outsourced in 1989, thereby improving the quality of students’ dining experience. Ingram Hall, still the largest

Each school year, less than one percent of American high schoolers attend boarding schools like Oak Hill Academy. Despite this relatively small fraction, the positive and memorable outcomes realized by this bold sliver of students are numerous. Ask any graduate what makes boarding school so unique and you’ll hear about lively classrooms, great friends, and distinctive programs. And no doubt these are all important. But what makes the biggest difference in the lives of boarding school students is the abundance of mentor-quality adults that young people can find at places like Oak Hill Academy. These are the kinds of people who are custom-made to work with youth. They’re available, invested, tireless, empathetic. Unaffected by teen angst or adolescent awkwardness, they work hard to know the names and stories of their students, and are eager to share life with them. Ed Patton is and was just such a person. In 1966 LBJ was in the White House, the Packers and Chiefs were months away from playing in Super Bowl 1, and no person had ever walked on the moon. In those days, Ed Patton was a newly minted seminarian from Memphis who was serving as a youth pastor in Texas. One day he received a phone call that would change the course of his life. The call was from a friend who was teaching and serving as the Dean of Students at Oak Hill Academy, and who invited Ed to come visit him on campus. The invitation sounded

as President to this day. In reflecting with Ed about his time on The Hill, two things are clear. He is genuinely humble about his own contributions to the life of the school, and he continuously and effusively praises those who have come after him. He cheers for Oak Hill. He encourages those who serve here today. He continues to love the students who come here from around the world each year. And even in retirement, he remembers those who lived on The Hill while he was working here. And they remember him too. Ed took a big step and joined Facebook at the age of 84, and quickly connected with the Oak Hill Alumni group. It seems daily there are new posts in that group that mention the influence that Ed and Carolyn Patton had while serving at Oak Hill. Each account is personal and memorable, and each reflects the heart of service that Ed Patton showed for his students during his tenure on The Hill. During the summer Alumni Reunion in July of 2022, dozens of former students volunteered stories of his influence on their lives. These alums, many now parents and grandparents themselves, recounted story after story of how Ed and Carolyn Patton gave them a chance, took them in, steered them straight, helped them, mentored them, and cared for them. Several of these students recounted with tears what the Pattons meant and still mean to them. Many mention how he changed their lives and showed them the way. And they seek him out when they return to campus. This summer, a large group gathered at his home after the on-campus portion of our celebration, and just visited with the Pattons. This is what families do. And Ed and Carolyn Patton will remain part of the Oak Hill Academy family for generations to come.

boys’ dorm on campus, was completed in 1991 following the unfortunate loss of Hash Hall. The Gold Team won its first national title in 1993, and student uniforms were required first in 1994. In 1998 Noonkester Park was dedicated. Its trails, lake and pavilion remain among the most popular recreation facilities on campus and are used nearly daily by our students and staff for boating, swimming, and social gatherings. In 2000, a modern science wing was added to the English Academic Building, today housing our two most attractive classrooms. No doubt Ed Patton’s leadership positively changed the fabric of Oak Hill Academy. But beyond his strategic institutional thinking, he was among the most influential mentors to ever serve in this community. After 34 years on The Hill his legacy among those who know him--both students and colleagues--is iconic. The influence that he and his wife Carolyn had on thousands of young people can’t be understated. But even among those who worked with him and for him, his inspiration resonates to this day. One current staff member, who was originally hired by Dr. Patton, recently described him as the “person I turn to for wise counsel, a good laugh, or to share a story. I trust him and love him.” Ed and Carolyn are still active in the local community, and Ed serves as the current chairperson for the deacon body at Young’s Chapel Baptist Church. In 2002, Ed and Carolyn Patton retired from service at Oak Hill Academy, handing the leadership of the school to Dr. Michael Groves, who continues to serve

Ed Patton and Ron Dunbar greet students at Halloween Party, 1972-73

State of the Academy 2021-2022 DONATIONS June 1, 2021 – May 31, 2022 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 Bob & Dolores Bailey Sylvia Maxine Chandler Estate Dixon Lumber Company John & Susie Garner Joe & Carol Gigler Jim & Sallie Henry Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation Dwayne & Belinda Majors Tim & Debra Marburger John Musgrove Carl & Cheryl Rosberg David Shelton & Robin Gambill Jack & Jennifer Stenner Ernie Surles (deceased) Thomas & Joyce Woods THE FOUNDERS CLUB Kim Baughman & John Duvall Blaine Butterworth & Phyllis Ponder Monica Cooper

Ronnie McGhee Meriwether-Godsey, Inc. Dale & Michelle Melton Richard & Joanne Mueller Rebecca Muenzenmayer Marty & Cathy Parks Ed & Carolyn Patton George & Leslie (Sims) Pelton George Pompeo Otis & Mary Reamy Tom & Lyn Saunders Suzy Sweet Shay Rita Sheffey Dan & Kim Slemp Oscar & Mossie Teague Foundation Ken & Patricia Thomas Vaughan Furniture Foundation Young’s Chapel Baptist Church THE RED AND GOLD CLUB Ross Allen Steve & Rhonda Bowen Christie Boyd Linwood & Robin Branch Alice Calabrese Larry & Ida Jane Conner Brad & Nina Favor Hattie Fitzgerald Hardin & Janet Halsey Rex Halsey William Harper Greg Hartline Janice Hawks Daniel & Jessica Heard Jeff Jeffreys John & Joy Jones Joe Judkins LabCorp Charitable Foundation Richard & Dawn Martinez Peggy Meville Michael & Jackie Mickiewicz Russell Montgomery Ward & Shannon Preston Donald Scarborough Jim & Pam Tapp Doug & Ruth Turnmire Rob & Susan Veerman Alton & Susan (Worsham; deceased) Vick Tom Wheeler THE FRIENDS CLUB Ray Abruzzese & Rebekah Goodheart Ronnie & Joan Anderson Samuel Andrews Tim & Cori Bassett Randy Berry Mary Thomas Joe Vanderdys Mark Vannoy Anne Vaughan

Matthew Bisset Lillian Black Lanny & Barbara Brown Robert & Megan (Guy) Brown Julie Bruck & Tony Middlebrooks Franna Cline Priscilla Cox John Crowder Patrick & Eileen Culhane Hunter Darden Ricky Darden Deeply Rooted – Thomas & Karen Reed Lynn Smith Campbell John & Becky Capecci

Glenn Dickson Cynthia Doan

Juanita DuBose Dotson Jerry & Susan Dupper Terry Dyroff & Patricia Darsie Ben & Caroline Eddy Daniel Edwards Jeffery Jefferson Eller

Jean Cunningham Ed & Gwen Emmett Michael & Joy Groves Harry & Dieula Joseph Wayne & Dena Landsman Marcia Lockamy Lewis Virginia Baptist Foundation THE PRESIDENT’S CLUB Jerry & Allison Benson John & Jeanette Black Kenny & Pattie Bowen Doug & Kathy Bryant Richard Burke Jeannette Cameron Danny & Patricia Collins Inez Cox Frances Dixon James Doffin Brian Rosefeld Linda Searles

Lydia Epperson Marion Eugeno

Marius & Eileen Evans Doug & Donna Fender Paul & Karen Fisher Tom & Robin Ford

Thomas Fry Scott Fuller

Mary Lou Lyon Gelblum Bill & Diana Getzelmann Todd & Katherine Giszack Shirley Gordon-Lundy Carvin & Belinda Gregory Rick Grigg Gerald Guyer Jeanne-Marie DuBose Halley Rodney & Stacy (Eller) Halsey Larry & Linda Hamrick Buzz & Cherry Harrison Carroll & Jo Ann (Watkins) Harvey Jim Herchenrider Estate David & Andrea Hilliard John Hoffman Sandra Haines Hooks Bill & Linda Huber Walter & Elizabeth (Douglass) Hunting Tom & Nancy Harvey Amber Brown Hayes

Edward & Donna Eng George & Pam Faulk Allen & Lori Feezor Donald & Tammy Francis Todd & Lori Fuller Dennis & Wendy Gambill Don & Jayne Gibson Don & Ronnie Goodheart Jon & Judy Groesbeck Tim Henry Nancy Hickam, Jessica Roffe, & Elizabeth Milans Bill & Nancy (Brown) Jackson Joel Jackson Tom Kaiser & Sallie Adams Bob & Theresa Lazo Linda Little Sam & Rebekah Longanacre

Bob & Sandra Jackson Mike & Alison Jester Norman & Edith King Yoseph & Loretta Kiros Stephanie Lanier Patrick & Sue Laughran Jerry & Mary Eloise Leake Jean Lindsey Robert & Tracie Logan Cyndy Cahill LoMonaco

GIFTS GIVEN IN MEMORY OF: In Memory of Tom Barnard – Class of 1963 Jerry & Jackie Wells In Memory of William Bruce Otis & Mary Reamy In Memory of Billy Ray Cameron – Class of 1963 Otis & Mary Reamy In Memory of Carl & Mildred Collins Danny & Patricia Collins In Memory of C.M. “Bill” Gatton Michael & Joy Groves In Memory of Stephen Getzelmann Bill & Diana Getzelmann In Memory of C. W. (Class of 1946) & Gladys Hawks John & Loretta Ragland In Memory of Doug Hawks Janice Hawks In Memory of Michael Howe Patrick & Sue Laughran In Memory of Linda Isner Joe Vanderdys In Memory of Carol Bryant Jeffreys Lanny & Barbara Brown Doug & Kathy Bryant John, Becky, Andrew, and Mark Capecci Franna Cline Lewis & Myrtle Phipps Zane & Laura Phipps Doris Ward Wood and Catron Familes In Memory of Don Krauss – Class of 1960 Otis & Mary Reamy In Memory of Margaret English Lester Michael & Joy Groves In Memory of HV Lindsey Jean Lindsey In Memory of Maylon Little Linda Little In Memory of Dolores Austin Moser – 1940’s student Monica Cooper In Memory of Rachel Muenzenmayer – Class of 1986 Russell Miller Rebecca Muenzenmayer In Memory of Gladys Mullins Greg & Kim Voss In Memory of Craig Murray – Class of 2012 John & Jeanette Black In Memory of David “Bud” Nelson Nancy Hickam, Jessica Roffe, and Elizabeth Milans In Memory of Dora Noble Wayne & Dena Landsman In Memory of J. Ralph Noonkester – Class of 1940 – and Naomi Noonkester Lila Noonkester Shirley Gordon-Lundy Michael & Joy Groves Doug & Donna Niemi John & Robin Parks Ed & Carolyn Patton

Paul & Carol Long Barry & Emily McCarthy Tania McDuffie Bryan & Karli Meagher Russell Miller Bill Minson Hazen & Brettany Mirts Dave & Beth Moore Randy & Laura Moorhead

In Memory of Dr. Arsine Oshagan Jackie Rustigian In Memory of Jewell Ford Patton Ed & Carolyn Patton In Memory of Jim Perkins Shirley Perkins In Memory of Paul Saunders Michael & Joy Groves In Memory of Tommy Searles – Class of 1962 Linda Searles In Memory of Jane Sheffey Rita Sheffey In Memory of Winston & Lynn Smith Stuart & Susan Smith In Memory of Ted Ussery – Class of 1960 Ronnie & Joan Anderson Lillian Black Michael & Joy Groves Carroll & Jo Ann (Watkins) Harvey Maxine Sartain Trinity Baptist Church In Memory of Susan Worsham Vick – Class of 1964 Britt & Jo Culpepper Hunter Darden Ricky Darden Daniel Edwards Michael & Joy Groves Carroll & Jo Ann (Watkins) Harvey Mike & Alison Jester Robert Vick Bobby Worrell Steve & Connie Yarbrough In Memory of Marg White Greg & Kim Voss In Memory of Andy Woods – Class of 2000 Thomas & Joyce Woods GIFTS GIVEN IN HONOR OF: In Honor of Rhonda Bowen Suzy Sweet Shay In Honor of Hannah Bruck – Class of 2016 Julie Bruck & Tony Middlebrooks In Honor of Patrick Calabrese – Class of 2011 Alice Calabrese In Honor of Jeannette Cameron Otis & Mary Reamy In Honor of Frankie Culhane – Class of 2016 Patrick & Eileen Culhane In Honor of Dennis & Lisa Dockery Mark & Linda Ross In Honor of Joy Groves Susan Widener In Honor of Stacy Eller Halsey – Class of 1992 Jeffery Jefferson Eller In Honor of Alec Hilliard – Class of 2001 David & Andrea Hilliard In Honor of Elizabeth Douglass Hunting – Class of 1972 Walter Hunting In Honor of Darrick Jones – Class of 2020 Hattie Fitzgerald

Alan & Glenna (Halsey) Morton Richard & Stephenie Mueller Doug & Donna Niemi Lila Noonkester Jeannette Norfleet Scott & Christine Ogden Larry Owens Barbara Page John & Robin Parks Christopher & Margot Patzer Hua Peng Shirley Perkins David Phipps Lewis & Myrtle Phipps Zane & Laura Phipps Mitzi Powell Andy & Jamie Priolo Marcia Putnam & David Heath John & Loretta Ragland Tim Riedl Jan Roberts Mark & Linda Ross Richard & Joyce Rouse Jackie Rustigian Maxine Sartain Russell Scruggs Bill Sebastian Susan Wudijono Setiawan Michelle Bailey Shaw Stuart & Susan Smith Frank & Judith Spaeth Henry & Larraine Stephens Charles & Amy Stewart Deanna Smiroldo Swayne Eric & Amy Teal Trinity Baptist Church Taylor & Celia Vaughan Robert Vick Greg & Kim Voss Doris Ward Jerry & Jackie Wells John & Nila (Stevens) Wehrenberg Susan Widener Brenda Williams Millie Wingate Wood & Catron Families Bobby Worrell Steve & Connie Yarbrough William & Diana Ziegler GIFTS IN KIND Tim & Cori Bassett Bradley Beal Ryan Bernstein Matthew Bisset Laura Bryant Clifton Forge Baptist Church Four Gals & a Florist Governors Club Henry & Presnell Properties Constantine & Teresa Kutteh Theresa Lazo Rosamond Lehtinen Robert & Tracie Logan Wayne & Deborah Nathanson Doug & Heather Nigbor Tommie Sargent Spring Valley Graphics Anne Tasch Kym Walker Larry Wilborn & Cynthia Gibbs

In Honor of Jeremy Jackson – non-graduate Bob & Sandra Jackson In Honor of Joel Jackson – Class of 1994 Bob & Sandra Jackson In Honor of Brian Krach – Class of 1998 Jeannette Norfleet In Honor of Jane McMillan Suzy Sweet Shay In Honor of Erik Melville – Class of 1992 Peggy Melville In Honor of Myron Noonkester Lila Noonkestesr In Honor of Lincoln Ming Ogden – Class of 2016 Scott & Christine Ogden In Honor of the OHA Faculty and Staff Tania McDuffie In Honor of Ed & Carolyn Patton Stephanie Lanier In Honor of Antywane Robinson – Class of 2002 Thomas Fry In Honor of Steve & Lisa Smith Stuart & Susan Smith In Honor of Steve Smith Glenn Dickson Gerald Guyer Mitzi Powell Andy & Jamie Priolo In Honor of Alex Stenner and Aidan Stenner – Class of 2017 Glenn Dickson Cynthia Doan Gerald Guyer William Harper Mitzi Powell In Honor of Matthew Weed – Class of 2010 Marcia Heath & David Putnam FACULTY AND STAFF GIVING John & Jeanette Black (former staff) Steve & Rhonda Bowen

John Duvall (former trustee) Todd Fuller Dennis Gambill Susie Garner Don Gibson Rodney Halsey Rex Halsey (former trustee)

Jim & Sallie Henry David & Andrea Hilliard Bob & Sandra Jackson Harry & Dieula Joseph Tom Kaiser & Sallie Adams Norman & Edith King Yoseph & Loretta Kiros Wayne & Dena Landsman Jerry & Mary Eloise Leake Linda Little Robert & Tracie Logan Paul & Carol Long Dwayne & Belinda Majors Richard & Dawn Martinez Barry & Emily McCarthy Tania McDuffie Peggy Melville Michael & Jackie Mickiewicz Hazen & Brettany Mirts Randy & Laura Moorhead Richard & Joanne Mueller Richard & Stephenie Mueller Rebecca Muenzenmayer John Musgrove Jeannette Norfleet Scott & Christine Ogden Ed & Carolyn Patton Christopher & Margot Patzer George & Leslie (Sims) Pelton David Phipps Jackie Rustigian Dan & Kim Slemp

Tom Harvey Joel Jackson John Jones (former trustee) Wayne Landsman (former trustee) Theresa Lazo Marcia Verploegen Lewis (former trustee) Samuel Longanacre

Dale Melton (former trustee) Russell Miller (former trustee) Marty Parks George Pelton (former trustee) Carl Rosberg Tom Saunders Jennifer Stenner Charles Stewart Jim Tapp Mary Thomas Taylor Vaughan (former trustee) BUSINESS DONORS Deeply Rooted Dixon Lumber Co. Four Gals & a Florist Governors Club Meriwether-Godsey, Inc. Presnell & Henry Properties

Frank & Judith Spaeth Jack & Jennifer Stenner Henry & Larraine Stephens Eric & Amy Teal Ken & Patricia Thomas Greg & Kim Travlos Rob & Susan Veerman Barry & Kim Walker Susan Widener Les & Mitzi Wiggin Brenda Williams Thomas & Joyce Woods Larry Wilborn & Cindi Gibbs-Wilborn William & Diana Ziegler 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 Jerry & Allison Benson Chris 2015 Linwood & Robin Branch Easton 2018 Richard Burke Liz 2007 Alice Calabrese Patrick 2011 Ed & Gwen Emmett Tricia 2003 Edward & Donna Eng Jeremy 2018 Steven 2018 Brad & Nina Favor Charlie 2015 Allen & Lori Feezor Chase 2012 Hattie Fitzgerald Darrick 2020 Donald & Tammy Francis Montana 2018 Don & Ronnie Goodheart Zach Current student Jon & Judy Groesbeck Cade 2014 Michael & Joy Groves Aaron 2016 Daniel & Jessica Heard Will 2020 Jim & Sallie Henry Lori 1989 Harry & Dieula Joseph Jonathan 2022 Tom Kaiser & Sallie Adams Nick 2017 Wayne & Dena Landsman Alexa 2006 Linda Little Bryson Current student Dwayne & Belinda Majors Graeme 2017 Richard & Dawn Martinez Devin Non-graduate Peggy Melville Erik 1992 Michael & Jackie Mickiewicz Doug 2004 Richard & JoAnne Mueller Stephanie 2002 Rebecca Muenzenmayer Rachel 1986 (deceased)

Skyline National Bank Spring Valley Graphics CHURCH DONORS Clifton Forge Baptist Church Trinity Baptist Church Young’s Chapel Baptist Church FOUNDATION GIVING LabCorp Charitable Foundation Oscar & Mossie Teague Foundation Vaughan Furniture Foundation Virginia Baptist Foundation Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation PARENT GIVING (current and former parents and grandparents) Ray Abruzzese & Rebekah Goodheart Tim & Cori Bassett Jerry & Allison Benson Matthew Bisset Linwood & Robin Branch Robert & Megan (Guy) Brown Julie Bruck & Tony Middlebrooks

Laura Bryant (former staff) John Duvall (former staff) Lydia Epperson (former staff) Doug & Donna (former staff) Paul & Karen Fisher (former staff) Todd & Katherine Giszack Michael & Joy Groves Tim Henry Stephanie Lanier (former staff) Sue Laughran (former staff) Robert & Tracie Logan Bryan Meagher Ed & Carolyn Patton (former staff) Shirley Perkins (former staff) Laura Phipps Tim Riedl (former staff) Tommie Sargent (former staff) Russell Scruggs (former staff) Mary Thomas (former staff) Doug Turnmire TRUSTEE GIVING Bob Bailey

Richard Burke Alice Calabrese Patrick & Eileen Culhane Jerry & Susan Dupper Terry Dyroff & Patricia Darsie Ben & Caroline Eddy Jeffery Jefferson Eller Ed & Gwen Emmett Edward & Donna Eng Marion Eugeno Marius & Eileen Evans Brad & Nina Favor Lori & Allen Feezor Hattie Fitzgerald Donald & Tammy Francis Bill & Diana Getzelmann Don & Ronnie Goodheart Carvin & Belinda Gregory Michael & Joy Groves Jon & Judy Groesbeck Larry & Linda Hamrick Daniel & Jessica Heard Marcia Heath & David Putnam

Kenny Bowen Richard Burke Danny Collins Larry Conner

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

John Musgrove Ed & Carolyn Patton


2017 1984 1986

Mark Dan Geoff

George & Leslie Pelton


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

(deceased) Amanda

Dan & Kim Slemp Jack & Jennifer Stenner Ken & Patricia Thomas Rob & Susan Veerman Thomas & Joyce Woods

2006 2017 2017 2006 2008 2000

Alex Aidan

Courtney Andrew

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



ALUMNI GIVING (by classes) 1940-49 Bill Sebastian 1950-59 Rex Halsey

OAK HILL ACADEMY ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIPS AND FELLOWSHIPS: 1. Elizabeth Leech Bailey Endowed Scholarship 2. Robert & Dolores Bailey Endowed Scholarship 3. Abby Blair Endowed Scholarship Fund 4. William Bruce Memorial Scholarship Fund 5. Allie B. Candler Endowed Scholarship Fund 6. Mattie Duncan Cox Endowed Scholarship 7. Ann Elizabeth Dickson Endowed Memorial Fund 8. Hal & Marjorie Eaton Endowed Scholarship 9. Ruth Echols Endowed Scholarship 10. Ann Elizabeth Cox Hampton Endowed Scholarship 11. Rev. C. W. Hawks and Gladys Hawks Endowed Scholarship Fund 12. Henry Family Endowed Scholarship Fund 13. Edith H. Ingram Endowed Scholarship 14. Marie LeBouf Endowed Scholarship 15. Dorothy and John Lenore Endowed Fund 16. Marcia Verploegen Lewis Scholarship Endowed Fund 17. Dolores Austin Moser Endowed Scholarship 18. Rachel Muenzenmayer Endowed Scholarship 19. John M. and Collina Caldwell Pair Endowed Scholarship Fund 20. Jewell Ford Patton Endowed Memorial Fund 21. Geoffrey Reed Pelton Endowed Memorial Fund 22. Jim J. and Stella Todd Endowed Memorial Scholarship

Nancy Brown Jackson Glenna Halsey Morton


Ronnie Anderson Samuel Andrews Mary Lou Lyon Gelblum Rick Grigg Jo Ann Watkins Harvey John Hoffman Sandra Haines Hooks Joe Judkins Cyndy Cahill LoMonaco Bill Minson Russell Montgomery Larry Owens George Pelton Leslie Sims Pelton Lewis Phipps Otis Reamy Donald Scarborough Susan Wudijono Setiawan

Ernie Surles (deceased) Deanna Smiroldo Swayne Alton Vick Susan Worsham Vick (deceased) Nila Stevens Wehrenberg Jerry Wells

23. Harry & Patsy Williams Endowed Scholarship 24. Andrew Woods Endowed Scholarship Fund Total Endowment May 31, 2022 - $3,525,254 Total Endowment May 31, 2021 - $4,381,711


Kenny Bowen Steve Bowen

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, 2021 to May 31, 2022 . 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!

Lynn Smith Campbell Juanita DuBose Dotson Jeffery Jefferson Eller Jeanne Marie DuBose Halley Greg Hartline Amber Brown Hayes Elizabeth Douglass Hunting Marcia Verploegen Lewis Barbara Page George Pompeo

Joe Vanderdys Tom Wheeler

TOTALS Annual Fund Endowed Funds


$ 356,401.28 $ 58,250.00 $ 146,600.00 $ 157,500.00 $ 300,000.00 $ 22,419.08 $ 16,593.30

Russell Miller Michelle Bailey Shaw Suzy Sweet Shay

Scholarship Estate Gift

Campus Improvement Projects



Stacy Eller Halsey Joel Jackson

Virginia Baptist Mission Board




Randy Berry Megan Guy Brown

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

Guardians Society

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

Bob & Dolores Bailey Kenny & Patti Bowen Blaine Butterworth & Phyllis Ponder Jeannette Cameron Monica Cooper Inez Cox Sidney Rose Fant Marshall & Peggy Frank Xiangpeng He & Xuhui Niu Bill & Nancy (Brown) Jackson Ron & Lynn Kerr Wayne & Dena Landsman Marcia Verploegen Lewis McIntosh Charitable Fund Morgan Foundation Richard & Joanne Mueller Rebecca Muenzenmayer Ed & Carolyn Patton Jerry & Nina Patton Jacqueline Peer David Shelton & Robin Gambill Josh Smith Jack & Jennifer Stenner Mary Thomas Mark Todd Vannoy Construction Taylor & Celia Vaughan Vaughan Furniture Foundation Thomas & Joyce Woods

Laureates Society

Alma Dillon Trust

Benefactors Society

A. J. Fletcher Foundation Frances Dixon John & Susie Garner C. M. Gatton (deceased) Joe & Carol Gigler Michael & Joy Groves Tim & Debra Marburger T. R. Paul Family Foundation George & Leslie Pelton Carl & Cheryl Rosberg Skyline National Bank Ernie Surles (deceased) The Titmus Foundation Anne Vaughan Virginia Baptist Foundation Millie Wingate Kim Baughman and John Duvall C. E. Richardson Foundation Dixon Lumber Company Dwayne & Belinda Majors Mary Morton Parsons Foundation Paul & Tatum Saunders

Oak Hill Society

College Acceptances 2022

Belmont Abbey College Berea College Bluefield College Cape Fear Community College Charleston University College of Charleston Columbia International University Duke University East Tennessee State University

Emory & Henry College Fairmont State University Florida Southern College Full Sail University Georgia State University Georgia Tech University Greenville Technical College Guilford College High Point University Hollins University Kentucky State University Keuka University Longwood University Louisiana State University Lynn University Maryville College North Greenville University Oklahoma State University Old Dominion University Oral Roberts University

Texas A & M Texas Tech University Tidewater Community College University of Kentucky University of Louisville University of South Florida

Queens University Randolph College Roane State Community College Roanoke College Rowan Cabarrus Community College

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga University of Tennessee at Knoxville UTI (Nascar Program) Virginia Commonwealth University Wake Technical Community College Wingate University

Saint Elizabeth University Southeastern University

Stetson University Syracuse University

2022-2023 Advancement Calendar

October 30, 2022

Annual Fund Kickoff

November 11-12, 2022


November 29, 2022

Fall Giving Day

January 25, 2023

Meet the Team

April 3-7, 2023


April 5, 2023

Spring Giving Day

April 14-15, 2023

Silent Auction

July 14-15, 2023

Alumni Reunion

Alumni Weekend, July 2022 This past July, we were pleased to welcome scores of Oak Hill Alumni back to their campus for a special Alumni gathering on The Hill. It was an especially enjoyable event, as we honored the 50 th reunion of the class of 1972, while also recognizing the 50th reunion of the class of 1971, who had been unable to gather on campus last year due to the pandemic. But we made up for lost time this year! The weekend began with our gathering in the Ussery Archives, where alums and their families checked in with the Academy event planners, received a small token of our appreciation for them, and got the chance to catch up with each other in the cool comfort of the Archives. Light refreshments were available, and after some time visiting we moved as a group to the Fletcher Chapel for Dr. Groves’ annual “State of the School” address. Dr. Groves offered us a comprehensive report, then the summer session students joined us and we stood together- older Warriors and new- and paid homage together to those who had passed since we last gathered. The Academy bell tolled one time for each departed alumnus, reminding us that life is fleeting, and that we should take every opportunity to keep in touch with family and friends. After a brief Q & A, we all transitioned to our lakeside Noonkester Park for a great barbecue and family meal. We recognized a few alums, handed out a few door-prizes, took class pictures, and broke bread together. It was so great to enjoy an afternoon of fellowship. Long after the buffet had been cleaned up, old classmates and friends remained together at the pavilion talking over old times and planning evening get togethers. On Saturday evening, we again gathered for a meal at the upper pavilion at Hough Dorm. Only the setting sun could convince the last Warriors to call it a day. At alumni weekend this year, friendships were created and renewed, memories were shared, and a few tears were shed. For a number of alumni this event was the first time back to campus in many years. Alumni - we want to keep in touch with you. You spent a very formative time of your life here on this campus growing up, so if you haven’t already done so, please help us update your records by following this link: And please mark your calendar for November 11th and 12th, when our annual Homecoming will take place. We hope we’ll see you there.

IN MEMORIAM: Mary Hubble Hoffman – ‘44 Anna Mae Bonham Parks – ‘52 Ted Ussery – ‘60 Robert Rimmer – ‘61 Ernie Surles – ‘63 Susan Worsham Vick – ‘74 Barbara Adams Anderson – ‘68 Randye Tucker – ‘72

Alan Cheek – ‘73 Greg Wright – ’84 Ramsey Green – ‘01 Preston Biggs – ‘09

Coach Steve Smith Retires Steve Smith, legendary Head Basketball Coach at Oak Hill Academy for the past 37 years retired after the 2021-2022 school year. Coach Smith’s legacy at our school and his influence on the game of basketball is immeasurable. With

over 1200 wins, he ends his tenure as the third winningest high school coach in the U.S. Coach Smith’s teams at Oak Hill Academy have won nine National Championships and he is a three-time recipient of The Naismith High School Coach of the Year. To date he has coached over 250 Division I players, 34 McDonald’s All Americans, NBA All-Stars, NBA and NCAA Champions, and Olympic Gold Medalists. Steve Smith’s passion for the game of basketball is surpassed only by his love for his family and his loyalty to his players, assistant coaches, and to Oak Hill Academy. A person of abiding commitment to faith and family, Steve and his wife Lisa served as surrogate parents for generations of students enrolled at our small boarding school in

Mouth of Wilson, Virginia. Thank you, Coach Smith!

Yerrick Stoneman Named Head Basketball Coach of his successor, Coach

Smith said: “I am so happy and proud that Yerrick Stoneman, one of my former assistant coaches, is the next Head Coach at Oak Hill Academy.”

Yerrick Stoneman of Columbia, South Carolina, has been named the next Head Coach of basketball at Oak Hill Academy. Coach Stoneman previously served as the Head Coach for boys basketball at Ridge View High School, where his teams captured South Carolina 4A State Championships in 2018, 2019, and 2020. He was also a Head Coach and Director of Athletics in Galax, Virginia. From 1996-2007 Coach Stoneman served as an Assistant Coach for Steve Smith at Oak Hill Academy, during which time the Warriors won five National Championships. With the highly competitive and much-anticipated selection

Yerrick is a graduate of Virginia Tech and is a member of the U.S. Army Reserve where he continues to serve as a Captain. He and his wife (Chelsi) are the parents of adult twin daughters, Savannah and McKenzey—who grew up in the shadow of Turner Gymnasium on the OHA Campus. “I am humbled and honored to be selected to carry on the great tradition of Oak Hill basketball,” said Coach Stoneman. “I’m excited for our future and look forward to working with the current staff and the 2022-2023 Warriors.”

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

Current Giving Opportunities Umbrellas for Outdoor Dining Area Stand Up Paddleboards

$300-$500 $500 each $750 each

for Ussery Archives Room Named Scholarship Fund Technology Upgrade for Library

Mountain Bikes

$10,000 $15,000 $50,000

Laptops for teachers

Wrestling Mat

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

Faculty Professional Development Fund

Minivan for Student Activities

6 Horse Trailer

12-Passenger Van for Student Activities Halsey House Remodel

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.


and Upgrade

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