The Arrow Fall 2023

FALL 2023 The Arrow

Where Your Potential Becomes Possible

The Arrow

The Arrow is published by the Advancement 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. Robert Bajorek – P‘20 Mr. Kenny Bowen – ‘78 Mr. Richard Burke – P‘07

Table of Contents President’s Welcome Welcome from the Office of Advancement Dr. Groves Marks 25 Years of Service Introducing the Warrior Wellness Center Introducing the New Girls’ Gym Alumni Weekend 2023 State of the Academy Report College Acceptances Doug Turnmire Retires Welcome Chris Luper Craig Murray Memorial Scholarship Established

Mr. Bobby Cheeks Rev. Danny Collins 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. Brian Rosefield Mr. Tom Saunders Mrs. Jennifer Stenner – P’17 Dr. Charles Stewart Mr. Jim Tapp Ms. Mary Thomas Mr. Marty Parks Mr. Carl Rosberg

Homecoming Weekend Friday, November 10th – Saturday, November 11th Friday, November 10th White Team Game

6:00 pm

Dinner for Alums in OHA Café

6:00-7:00 pm

Red Team Game

7:30 pm 9:00 pm

Alumni S’mores at Hough Dorm Pavilion

w/ Invited Students

Saturday, November 11th Tailgate Mixer and Lunch/Chili in School Breezeway

12:30 pm 3:00 pm 4:30 pm

Red Team Game Gold Team Game

P – Parent of OHA Alumnus

President’s Paragraph

The following is the text of Dr. Groves’ address to the students, staff, and faculty of Oak Hill Academy at convocation, 28 August 2023. Good morning and welcome to the campus of Oak Hill Academy. For 145 years our school has gathered students from around the world here in this tiny place called Mouth of Wilson, Virginia. Of course, we are a school and yet Oak Hill Academy is so much more. We are a community where students are provided a place to become all that God wants them to be; we are a place

where families live among our students … teachers, staff, administrators, their families, pets, and extended families … we all live here together. We dine together, we work together, we rise and fall together. In this the year of our lord 2023, I believe our school, our community, embodies exactly what the world needs at this moment in time. We value work ethic, citizenship, collegiality, respect for one another, and we care for one another. Know that at OHA you are always close to someone who cares. Today is Convocation Day, the starting of a new year on “The Hill.” I love the sense of newness that accompanies the onset of another academic year. A fresh start, goals, ideas … all abound at the start of school. So, capture this moment; seniors, especially, take note of how I shall reference this day and the tolling of the Academy Bell on your Graduation eve. We sound the Academy Bell three times annually. On Graduation eve—once for each graduating senior; during Alumni Days—for graduates who have passed the previous year. And, we chime it today on Convocation … to signal the start of our academic year. Welcome to Oak Hill Academy. May God bless each of you, and may God continue to bless Oak Hill Academy.

Follow Dr. Groves on Twitter @DrGrovesOHA.

Welcome from the Associate Head of School for Advancement Serving at a school with a legacy like Oak Hill Academy offers continual opportunity to reflect on the history and groundwork that has led to this, our 145th year. Each day we see names on buildings like Fletcher Chapel, Hough Dorm, English Academic Building, Turner Gymnasium, and Vaughn Administration Building. But Welcome from the Associate Head of School for Advancement Serving at a school with a legacy like Oak Hill Academy offers con9nual opportunity to reflect on the history and groundwork that has led to this, our 145 th year. Each day and see names on buildings like Fletcher Chapel, Hough Dorm, English Academic Building, Turner Gymnasium, and Vaughn Administra9on Building. But rarely do we pause to consider the ones who bore these names, and those many who went before us to clear the path to today. As I learn more about the Academy’s history, I’m increasingly thankful to be here. It’s been a great year on The Hill. The class of 2023 (our 144 th !) graduated in May, and we wish them the best as they make their way in the world. In July we welcomed dozens of students for a month of learning and laughter during summer session. Nearly all of them returned for the 23-24 school year, which is a great outcome. In July we also welcomed many alumni back home to celebrate Alumni Days 2023. What an awesome 9me we had! Our efforts to update our alumni records con9nue, so if you ever aZended school here (even if you didn’t graduate) we ask that you join our alumni network on Wavelength. The link is here: hZps:// We made a few capital improvements this year, including renova9ng both sets of tennis courts (and adding a pickleball court!), construc9ng a girls’ gym in Hough Dorm, crea9ng a wellness center in the academic building, and resurfacing our indoor and outdoor basketball courts. Our next priority is to create a learning lab to provide students addi9onal academic support when needed. Oak Hill Academy has an amazing legacy. But to understand a legacy, you must look behind you. Today I invite you to join us in cas9ng a vision of what Oak Hill Academy will look like in years to come. What new programming will be required? What new courses will be taught? What new buildings may be built? How will the needs of students change, and how will we be prepared? This vision-cas9ng is necessary for our success in an increasingly complicated world where the marketplace is compe99ve and the decision-making that goes into a boarding school enrollment is complicated. Today we stand on the shoulders of those giants and trailblazers who came before us. Will you consider joining them by taking part in our annual fund? It’s our largest and most broadly beneficial fundraiser each year, and I’ve included a QR code below that, when scanned with the camera of your smartphone, will take you directly to the Academy’s giving page. As always, we are thankful for the kindness of our friends, who always help sustain us. rarely do we pause to consider the ones who bore these names, and those many who went before us to clear the path to today. As I learn more about the Academy’s history, I’m increasingly thankful to be here. It’s been a great year on The Hill. The class of 2023 (our 144th!) graduated in May, and we wish them the best as they make their way in the world. In July we welcomed dozens of students for a month of learning and laughter during summer session. Nearly all of them returned for the 23-24 school year, which is a great outcome. In July we also welcomed many alumni back home to celebrate Alumni Days 2023. What an awesome time we had! Our efforts to update our alumni records continue, so if you ever attended school here (even if you didn’t graduate) we ask that you join our alumni network on Wavelength. The link is here: We made a few capital improvements this year, including renovating both sets of tennis courts (and adding a pickleball court!), constructing a girls’ gym in Hough Dorm, creating a wellness center in the academic building, and resurfacing our indoor and outdoor basketball courts. Our next priority is to create a learning lab to provide students additional academic support when needed. Oak Hill Academy has an amazing legacy. But to understand a legacy, you must look behind you. Today I invite you to join us in casting a vision of what Oak Hill Academy will look like in years to come. What new programming will be required? What new courses will be taught? What new buildings may be built? How will the needs of students change, and how will we be prepared? This vision-casting is necessary for our success in an increasingly complicated world where the marketplace is competitive and the decision making that goes into a boarding school enrollment is complicated. Today we stand on the shoulders of those giants and trailblazers who came before us. Will you consider joining them by taking part in our annual fund? It’s our largest and most broadly beneficial fundraiser each year, and I’ve included a QR code below that, when scanned with the camera of your smartphone, will take you directly to the Academy’s giving page. As always, we are thankful for the kindness of our friends, who always help sustain us.

May God bless you, and may God bless Oak Hill Academy. GO WARRIORS! May God bless you, and may God bless Oak Hill Academy. GO WARRIORS!

Dr. Michael Groves Marks 25 Years of Service Mr. Aaron Butt’s (Associate Head of School) remarks when recognizing Dr. Groves for 25 years of service to OHA. under him from feeling overly stressed or burdened. He has sacrificed a lot over the years for the school, passed up opportunities to move to a larger, more urban, more “elite” school, but has chosen

Dr. Michael Groves, along with his wife Joy and two young sons, Matthew and Aaron, arrived on the campus of Oak Hill Academy a quarter century ago. They moved into the West Hough Dorm basement apartment, and he began as an instructor that fall teaching Social Studies and serving as an assistant soccer coach. Over time he took on more responsibilities, first assuming the role of Dean of Students, then Director of Admission, and finally when Dr. Patton retired in 2002 he was appointed President. He has been in that role ever since, for more than 21 years. It’s hard to describe Dr. Groves’ (and his family’s) impact on Oak Hill Academy over these past 25 years. He’s overseen the construction of at least 6 new buildings including Williams-Berry Dormitory, Speeks Dormitory, Dixon Dormitory, the Patton Triplex, the Collins Triplex, and the Lenore Equestrian Center. He led the renovation of Fields Dormitory and the Alumni Campus Store. And he had the vision to create an amphitheater, which is used regularly by the campus community. He’s raised more than 10 million dollars for the school and significantly increased our endowment. He’s kept the school out of any debt, created significant savings for rainy days, navigated and led the school through national disasters like 9-11, the economic upheaval of 2008, political turmoil, and a worldwide pandemic. And he’s even planted more than 50 oak trees on campus. All of this has been done with steadfast grace and compassion. It is no exaggeration to say that he has given his life for this school, poured into it his time, talents, and treasure. Because it is his calling, his mission. A mission that is not about a brick and mortar campus, but about changing young lives, creating a space for teens to be mentored, loved, nudged – as he says, a place to “grow where you are planted.” Thousands of young people have directly and indirectly been changed by his leadership, his words, his actions, and his unfailing commitment. The thing that drives his decision making more than anything else is first to “do the right thing,” to be fair, honest, and true – to students, employees, parents. He shoulders a heavy weight, the responsibility for our school, and it’s future – but he wears it well, and largely shelters those

to remain here, in Mouth of Wilson, pouring his life into Oak Hill and it’s mission. Dr. Groves is incredibly attentive to detail, and will spot a piece of trash across campus, a broken limb, a wall that needs painting, a cooler left on a porch. But he’s also able to see the big picture, anticipate needed change, and is regularly prophetic. He stays connected to students, knows them by name, calls them into his office for a quick word, joke, or to give a piece of advice. After 25 years, he has vast institutional knowledge, and has his hand in almost every aspect of the campus – from sewer lines to strategic planning, from hedge trimming to health benefits. On any given day you might find him on a call with the board chair, unclogging a toilet in the cafeteria, developing goals for our reaccreditation visit, watching a basketball practice, popping in on a classroom, writing letters to donors, checking the water levels at the pump house, touring a prospective student, preparing a homeroom devotion, picking up sticks outside the campus store. He leads by example, and he empowers his staff to lead, to make decisions, to grow. Congratulations and thank you, Dr. Groves, for all that you have done for Oak Hill Academy these past 25 years.

Introducing the Warrior Wellness Center

This year Oak Hill Academy created a physical space dedicated solely to our students’ wellness needs. We’re calling it the Warrior Wellness Center , and it’s right in the heart of our academic building. Why did we do this? Well, as a boarding school where life continues in community after the final class bell, the Academy has always attended to the holistic wellness of our students. You can see how seriously we focus on adolescent health by examining the lifestyle programming we provide. We begin by forming meaningful relationships with our students, which allows us to know them individually, and understand their backgrounds, strengths, needs, and dreams. We serve healthy, fresh food. We allow for plenty of sleep in our daily schedules. We enable appropriate social interaction. We offer wholesome outdoor after-school activities daily. We maintain reasonable limits on technology – particularly mobile phone use. All of these measures promote wellness. Beyond these daily emphases on wellness, we chose “Wellness” as our annual theme for the 2021-2022 school year. This meant that during that year, numerous special events and our entire year-long advisory curriculum were connected to the concept of wellness. With so much of our programming already being focused on adolescent wellness, it made perfect sense to create a space dedicated to it. We’ve defined the scope of wellness as having 5 primary domains: physical, social, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual. All of these elements intersect and interact with one another continuously, so a mainstay in the design of the Warrior Wellness Center is that it will contain design features that touch on each wellness domain. The space is welcoming and comfortable and will support a diverse range of wellness activities. We’ll have a coffee shop area for youth group meetings. We’ll teach yoga class on the big-screen TV. Peer tutoring and ping pong tournaments will coexist in the space. We’ll have bean bag chairs so you can sit and read and think. We’ll host movie nights, conduct first-aid training, and provide counseling space. We even intend to use the space for guest speakers on wellness-related topics.

Our students’ wellness is vitally important to us, and we’ve found that if a student is well, growth can occur. And that’s what we all want – a campus full of growing, thriving students. We invite you to come see it for yourself.

Oak Hill Academy Creates New Girls’ Gym Facility in Hough Dorm As a boarding school, our commitment to educating the whole student extends well beyond the classroom. Thanks to the great work of our Residential Life program, Oak Hill Academy creates an environment in which students can grow and flourish in all aspects of their lives, around the clock. That’s the great value of a boarding school—everything we do is part of the curriculum! This year, our administrators have dedicated additional resources to meeting the needs of our female students. We formed a working group to discuss these needs and to connect with our Lady Warriors themselves—to hear firsthand what types of resources they could use on campus. It soon became crystal clear to our working group that dedicated athletic and workout facilities would be much appreciated by our female students—something designed for girls and by girls. We quickly identified that the rarely used basement room of Hough Dormitory would be an ideal space for a new and modern girls’ workout facility. Thanks to two timely and unrestricted gifts to Oak Hill, we got to work revamping the

basement space right away. The team first met with a professional who designs and equips gym spaces and then contacted a local health facility for additional tips and advice, before ordering fitness equipment. Work on the new gym is now complete, and it is thanks in part to the hard work of our female students. They led the way in redesigning the space, from choosing the paint color to getting their hands dirty and painting the walls themselves! Now our female students have access to the gym, which is fully equipped with ellipticals, yoga mats, Airdyne bikes, BOSU

balance balls, jump ropes, resistance bands, dumb bells, medicine balls, kettle bells, smart TV’s, and speed ropes. Oak Hill places immense value on the overall health and well-being of our students. Responding to student needs and providing additional resources to make it possible for them to thrive comes naturally and is just one reason why our students call Oak Hill their home away from home.

ALUMNI Weekend 2023

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 50th reunion of the class of 1973. This year we changed things a bit and added a Friday night dinner to the festivities. We saw dozens of alums come back and enjoy a meal on the café patio as they got to know some of our summer school students. It was a great night. Saturday morning 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 school 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 transitioned to the Hough Dorm Picnic Shelter for our traditional weenie-roast and s’mores. Afterward we sat and enjoyed time together. Finally, on Sunday morning nearly a dozen alumni attended worship services together at Young’s Chapel Baptist Church followed by a wonderful lunch in the Oak Hill Café. It seemed like no one wanted to leave The Hill. 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 10 th and 11 th , when our annual Homecoming will take place. We’ll begin the festivities with dinner that Friday night. We hope we’ll see you there. Please visit the “Alumni” page of the OHA website to RSVP for Homecoming.

In Memoriam: Ina Corder Stephenson – ‘43 Geri Golliher Hancock – ‘52 Nancy Brown Jackson – ‘57 Kate Rutherford Moore – ’57 Joe Phipps – ‘60 Patricia Anderson Sexton – ‘61 Grover Holder – ‘62 Glenn Gunter – ‘63 Flora Marshall Perkinsin – ‘65 Glenn Gardner – ‘75 Glenn Mayers – ‘80 Marvin Manley – ‘83 Hosam “Sam” Moustafa – ‘97

State of the Academy 2022-2023 DONATIONS June 1, 2022 – May 31, 2023 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

Wayne Hager Donald Hasler John Hassell Bill Jackson Jeff Jeffreys

THE OAK CLUB Alma Dillon Trust Anonymous

Susan Lin Bryan & Karli Meagher Meriwether-Godsey, Inc. Russell Montgomery Patrick & Angela Robinson Dan & Kim Slemp

B & H Heating & Air Brandon & Suzi Blair CAWWB Sylvia Maxine Chandler Estate AJ Fletcher Foundation Joe & Carol Gigler Jim & Sallie Henry David & Sharon Huntoon Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation Carole Loos Dwayne & Belinda Majors Linda Maynard Marion Moon Brian & Vicki Murray Michael & Page Page Carl & Cheryl Rosberg David Shelton & Robin Gambill Jack & Jennifer Stenner THE FOUNDERS CLUB Kim Baughman & John Duvall Monica Cooper Inez Cox

Jerry & Barbara Johnson Tom Kaiser & Sallie Adams Ray & Diane Kenney Wayne & Dena Landsman Bob & Theresa Lazo Linda Little Sam & Rebekah Longanacre Darryl & Kathy Lundgren Ronnie McGhee Rebecca Muenzenmayer Ramona O’Bryant

Bobby & Elizabeth Snow Doug & Ruth Turnmire Tom Wheeler Larry Wilborn & Cindi Gibbs-Wilborn Michael & Shirley Wiles THE FRIENDS CLUB Ronnie & Joan Anderson Samuel Andrews Anonymous Shari Apel Adolph Welch Bailey Al & Sharon (Rumpf) Bellamy Randy Berry Gbomai Bestman Susan “Rusty” Moorefield Bird Doris Blair Tim & Magda Breen Ann Brooks Joyce Browder Julie Bruck & Tony Middlebrooks Anthony & Mary Jane Buscemi Diann Cramer Butler Lynn Smith Campbell Jann Coles Priscilla Cox Patrick & Eileen Culhane Britt & Jo Culpepper Ben Dabney Patricia Darsie Alison Greenwood Dattoma Celina De Los Santos Deeply Rooted – Thomas & Karen Reed Jaclyn Dickens Juanita DuBose Dotson Kassaye Ephrame Marius & Eileen Evans Doug & Donna Fender Tom & Robin Ford Scott Fuller Mary Lou Lyon Gelblum John Gill Todd & Katherine Giszack Aaron Grubbs & Robin Trainum-Grubbs John Hallagan Jeanne-Marie DuBose Halley Buzz & Cherry Harrison Carroll & Jo Ann (Watkins) Harvey David & Andrea Hilliard John Hoffman

Marty & Cathy Parks Ed & Carolyn Patton Jacqueline Peer David & Sandy Phipps George Pompeo Otis & Mary Reamy Angela Robinson – AWH Financial Services

Tom & Lyn Saunders Donald Scarborough Otto Seidel Skyline National Bank Michael & Karen Stevens Oscar & Mossie Teague Foundation Ken & Patricia Thomas Vaughan Furniture Foundation Marcia Lockamy Verploegen Alton Vick Young’s Chapel Baptist Church THE RED AND GOLD CLUB Albert Adom & Kersti Krepp Ross Allen Mary Thomas Mark Vannoy Anne Vaughan

Jean Cunningham Scott & Julie Elliott EverBless Foundation John & Susie Garner Luke Kurtz Joe Vanderdys Scott & Michelle Whitaker THE PRESIDENT’S CLUB

Bob & Dolores Bailey John & Jeanette Black Kenny & Pattie Bowen Ricky & Kim Brown Richard Burke Blaine Butterworth & Phyllis Ponder Jeannette Cameron Danny & Patricia Collins Frances Dixon Jerry & Susan Dupper

Jerry & Allison Benson Steve & Rhonda Bowen Christie Boyd Doug & Kathy Bryant Alice Calabrese

Ed & Gwen Emmett Edward & Donna Eng Marion Eugeno Anthony & Aggie Falcone Sidney Rose Fant Allen & Lori Feezor Todd & Lori Fuller Dennis & Wendy Gambill Don & Jayne Gibson Jon & Judy Groesbeck Michael & Joy Groves

Chris & Lynn Connors Brian & Ingrid D’Orellas Hattie Fitzgerald Aaron Groves Hardin & Janet Halsey Rex Halsey Rodney & Stacy (Eller) Halsey William Harper Janice Hawks Mark Klopp

Sandra Haines Hooks Bill & Linda Huber Walter & Elizabeth (Douglass) Hunting Bob & Sandra Jackson Al Johnson John & Joy Jones Joe Judkins Yves & Francoise Kenfack Donald & Andrea King Norman & Edith King Landon & Meredith Kirk Stephanie Lanier Patrick & Sue Laughran Charles & Maria Linderman Robert & Tracie Logan Cyndy Cahill LoMonaco Paul & Carol Long Peter & Kathleen Matthews Robert & Janice McGarvey Russell Miller Bill Minson Randy & Laura Moorhead Margaret Anderson Morris Alan & Glenna (Halsey) Morton Richard & Stephenie Mueller Wanda Nivens Lila Noonkester Larry Owens John & Val Parsons Shirley Perkins Damerick Perry Zane & Laura Phipps Debra Plaza Ward & Shannon Preston Thomas & Eva Riddles Brian Rosefield Richard & Joyce Rouse Jackie Rustigian Bill Sebastian Susan Wudijono Setiawan Michelle Bailey Shaw Dino & Marcela Siervo Cheslie Smith Stuart & Susan Smith Tom & Linda Smith Frank & Judith Spaeth Yerrick & Chelsi Stoneman Eric & Amy Teal US Bank Foundation Millie Wingate Harold Woods Norris Woody GIFTS IN KIND Albert Adom & Kersti Krepp Anonymous Barter Theater Tim Bassett Tim & Magda Breen Joe Bunn Conncert Music Chris & Lynn Connors Brian & Ingrid D’Ornellas Scott & Julie Elliott Anthony & Aggie Falcone Governors Club John Hassell Seth Hendler-Voss Taylor & Celia Vaughan James & Sheryl Vinson John & Nila (Stevens) Wehrenberg Jerry & Jackie Wells Susan Widener Robert & Anne Wilson Jean Lindsey Sarah Lofton

Henry & Presnell Properties Shelloy Kiger Wayne & Denia Landsman Mangum-Cater on Main Brian & Vicki Murray Malika Omrani Perry’s Gold Mine

In Memory of J. Ralph Noonkester – Class of 1940 – and Naomi Noonkester Lila Noonkester In Memory of Jewell Ford Patton Ed & Carolyn Patton In Memory of Jim Perkins Shirley Perkins In Memory of Elizabeth Evans Phipps David & Sandy Phipps In Memory of Marc Simon – Former Student Randy Berry In Memory of Ernie Surles – Class of 1963 Carole Loos In Memory of James Tobin Michael & Joy Groves In Memory of Randye Tucker – Class of 1972 John Hassell In Memory of Ted Ussery – Class of 1960 In Memory of John Vaughan Anne Vaughan In Memory of Susan Worsham Vick – Class of 1964 Birtt & Jo Culpepper GIFTS GIVEN IN HONOR OF: In Honor of Kim Baughman Otis & Mary Reamy In Honor of the Class of 1971 Diann Cramer Butler In Honor of Dion Dacons – Class of 2003 Ward & Shannon Preston In Honor of John Duvall Otis & Mary Reamy In Honor of Sallie Gregory – Class of 1969 Ed & Carolyn Patton In Honor of Joy Groves Susan Widener In Honor of Michael & Joy Groves Jean Cunningham Aaron Groves Ramona O’Bryant Otis & Mary Reamy In Honor of Alec Hilliard – Class of 2001 David & Andrea Hilliard In Honor of Sue Laughran Diann Cramer Butler In Honor of Bryan Meagher Ward & Shannon Preston In Honor of Ed & Carolyn Patton Stephanie Lanier Mary & Otis Reamy In Honor of Ramsey Riddles – Class of 2020 Thomas & Eva Riddles Jeannette Cameron Otis & Mary Reamy

Pretty N’ Pearls Camille Pendse Ramblin Poppy The Tavern Restaurant

Vincent Ranhorn River House Inn Jamie & Dylan Samide David Scribner & Valerie Green State Line Outpost & Grub Alton Vick Kym Walker Dan West Scott & Michelle Whitaker

GIFTS GIVEN IN MEMORY OF: In Memory of Elizabeth Leech Bailey Darryl & Kathy Lundgren In Memory of Abby Blair – Class of 2017

B & H Heating and Air Brandon & Suzi Blair Doris Blair CAWWB In Memory of Mary Wiser Fisher John Hassell In Memory of Mastern Fuller Michael & Joy Groves In Memory of JP Hall Michael & Joy Groves In Memory of Clara Hart Michael & Joy Groves In Memory of Doug Hawks Janice Hawks In Memory of Michael Howe John Hassell In Memory of Linda Isner Joe Vanderdys In Memory of Nancy Brown Jackson – Class of 1957 Michael & Joy Groves Bill Jackson In Memory of HV Lindsey Jean Lindsey In Memory of Jim Lofton – Class of 1961 Sarah Lofton In Memory of Jackson Glenn Morton Alan & Glenna Morton 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 Craig Murray – Class of 2012 John Gill Brian & Vicki Murray Debra Plaza

Peter & Kathleen Matthews Robert & Janice McGarvey Randy & Laura Moorhead Richard & Stephenie Mueller Rebecca Muenzenmayer Brian & Vicki Murray

Conncert Music Deeply Rooted Governors Club

In Honor of Sarah Ussery Sink – Class of 1963 Otis & Mary Reamy In Honor of Steve Smith Randy Berry Wanda Nivens In Honor of Alex Stenner and Aidan Stenner – Class of 2017 William Harper In Honor of Doug Turnmire Doug & Kathy Bryant Scott & Beth Cook (former staff) Celina De Los Santos (former staff) Jaclyn Dickens (former staff) John Duvall (former staff) Doug & Donna Fender (former staff) Todd & Katherine Giszack Michael & Joy Groves Aaron Grubbs & Robin Trainum-Grubbs Stephanie Lanier (former staff) Sue Laughran (former staff) Robert & Tracie Logan Linda Maynard (former staff) Bryan Meagher John Parsons Ed & Carolyn Patton (former staff) Shirley Perkins (former staff) Laura Phipps Yerrick & Chelsi Stoneman Tom & Linda Smith FACULTY AND STAFF GIVING John & Jeanette Black (former staff) Steve & Rhonda Bowen Ann Brooks (former staff) Laura Bryant (former staff)

Mangum-Cater on Main Meriwether-Godsey, Inc. Perry’s Gold Mine Presnell & Henry Properties Pretty N’ Pearls Ramblin Poppy River House Inn Skyline National Bank State Line Outpost & Grubb The Tavern Restaurant CHURCH DONORS Young’s Chapel Baptist Church FOUNDATION GIVING AJ Fletcher Foundation EverBless Foundation Oscar & Mossie Teague Foundation US Bank Foundation Vaughan Furniture Foundation Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation PARENT GIVING (current and former parents and grandparents) Albert Adom & Kersti Krepp Tim Bassett Jerry & Allison Benson Gbomai Bestman Brandon & Suzi Blair Doris Blair Tim & Magda Breen Julie Bruck & Tony Middlebrooks Laura Bryant Richard Burke Anthony & Mary Jane Buscemi Alice Calabrese Jann Coles Chris & Lynn Connors Patrick & Eileen Culhane Patricia Darsie Brian & Ingrid D’Ornellas Jerry & Susan Dupper

Wanda Nivens Malika Omrani Michael & Page Page John Parsons Ed & Carolyn Patton

Jacqueline Peer Camille Pendse David Phipps Vincent Ranhorn Thomas & Eva Riddles Patrick Robinson Jamie & Dylan Samide David Scribner & Valerie Green Dino & Marcela Siervo Dan & Kim Slemp Bobby & Elizabeth Snow

Frank & Judith Spaeth Jack & Jennifer Stenner Eric & Amy Teal

Ken & Patricia Thomas James & Sheryl Vinson Barry & Kim Walker Dan West Scott & Michelle Whitaker Susan Widener Larry Wilborn & Cindi Gibbs-Wilborn Michael & Shirley Wiles Norris Woody 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 Albert Adom & Kersti Krepp Juho Former student Jerry & Allison Benson Chris 2015 Brandon & Suzi Blair Abby (deceased) 2017 Richard Burke Elizabeth 2007 Alice Calabrese Patrick 2011 Chris & Lynn Connors James Current student Brian & Ingrid D’Ornellas Cameron 2023 Jerry & Susan Dupper Ashley 2014 Ed & Gwen Emmett Tricia 2003 Edward & Donna Eng Jeremy 2018 Steven 2018 Marion Eugeno Mary 1988 Anthony & Aggie Falcone Lucas Current student Allen & Lori Feezor Chase 2012 Hattie Fitzgerald Darrick 2020 Jon & Judy Groesbeck Cade 2014 Michael & Joy Groves Aaron 2016 Jim & Sallie Henry Lori 1989 David & Sharon Huntoon Stephanie 2022 Jerry & Barbara Johnson Crissy Former student Tom Kaiser & Sallie Adams Nick 2017 Ray & Diane Kenney Myles 2020 Mark Klopp Landen Former student Wayne & Dena Landsman Alexa 2006 Susan Lin Austin Current student Linda Little Bryson Former student Dwayne & Belinda Majors Graeme 2017 Rebecca Muenzenmayer Rachel (deceased) 1986 Brian & Vicki Murray Craig (deceased) 2012 Michael & Page Page George 2021 Ed & Carolyn Patton Mark 1984 Dan 1986 Jacqueline Peer Nichole 2006 David Phipps Cocobella Current student Peace Current student

Mary Thomas (former staff) Doug Turnmire (former staff) TRUSTEE GIVING Bob Bailey Kenny Bowen Richard Burke Danny Collins John Duvall (former trustee) Sidney Rose Fant (former trustee) Todd Fuller Dennis Gambill Susie Garner Don Gibson Wayne Hager Rex Halsey (former trustee) Rodney Halsey Donald Hasler (former trustee) John Jones (former trustee) Luke Kurtz Wayne Landsman (former trustee) Theresa Lazo Samuel Longanacre Russell Miller (former trustee)

Ed & Gwen Emmett Edward & Donna Eng Kassaye Ephrame Marion Eugeno Marius & Eileen Evans Anthony & Aggie Falcone Lori & Allen Feezor Hattie Fitzgerald Michael & Joy Groves Jon & Judy Groesbeck David & Andrea Hilliard David & Sharon Huntoon Bob & Sandra Jackson Al Johnson Jerry & Barbara Johnson Tom Kaiser & Sallie Adams Yves & Francoise Kenfack Ray & Diane Kenney Shelloy Kiger Donald & Andrea King Norman & Edith King Landon & Meredith Kirk Mark Klopp Wayne & Dena Landsman Susan Lin Charles & Maria Linderman Linda Little Robert & Tracie Logan Paul & Carol Long Dwayne & Belinda Majors Seth Hendler-Voss Jim & Sallie Henry

Marty Parks Carl Rosberg

Brian Rosefield Tom Saunders Jennifer Stenner Karen Stevens (former trustee) Mary Thomas Taylor Vaughan (former trustee) Marcia Lockamy Verploegen (former trustee)

BUSINESS DONORS AWH Financial Services B & H Heating and Air Barter Theater CAWWB

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

Patrick Robinson Dan & Kim Slemp

Micah Amanda

Current student

2006 2023 2017 2017 2006

Bobby & Elizabeth Snow Jack & Jennifer Stenner Ken & Patricia Thomas Scott & Michelle Whitaker Larry Wilborn & Cindi Gibbs-Wilborn Michael & Shirley Wiles

Olivia Alex Aidan John Tyler

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


Current student Current student


Current student

Mr. Donald L. Hasler Mrs. Mary Holbrook

ALUMNI GIVING (by classes) 1940-49

Mr. Jeff Jeffreys Dr. John Jones Lt. Gen. Claudia Kennedy Mrs. Patricia Stevens Mrs. Frieda Anders Willey OAK HILL ACADEMY ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIPS AND FELLOWSHIPS:

Margaret Anderson Morris Bill Sebastian


Rex Halsey Glenna Halsey Morton

1. Elizabeth Leech Bailey Endowed Scholarship 2. Robert & Dolores Bailey Endowed Scholarship 3. Kenneth C. Blackwood Memorial Scholarship 4. Abby Blair Endowed Scholarship Fund


Ronnie Anderson Samuel Andrews

Mary Lou Lyon Gelblum Jo Ann Watkins Harvey Donald Hasler John Hoffman Sandra Haines Hooks Joe Judkins Cyndy Cahill LoMonaco Bill Minson Russell Montgomery Larry Owens Otis Reamy Donald Scarborough Otto Seidel Susan Wudijono Setiawan Alton Vick Nila Stevens Wehrenberg Jerry Wells Robert Wilson Diann Cramer Butler Lynn Smith Campbell Juanita DuBose Dotson Jeanne Marie DuBose Halley John Hassell Elizabeth Douglass Hunting George Pompeo Joe Vanderdys Marcia Lockamy Verploegen Tom Wheeler Susan “Rusty” Moorefield Bird Kenny Bowen Steve Bowen

5. William Bruce Memorial Scholarship Fund 6. Allie B. Candler Endowed Scholarship Fund 7. Mattie Duncan Cox Endowed Scholarship 8. Ann Elizabeth Dickson Endowed Memorial Fund 9. Hal & Marjorie Eaton Endowed Scholarship 10. Ruth Echols Endowed Scholarship 11. Ann Elizabeth Cox Hampton Endowed Scholarship 12. Rev. C. W. Hawks and Gladys Hawks Endowed Scholarship Fund 13. Edith H. Ingram Endowed Scholarship 14. Marie LeBouf Endowed Scholarship 15. Dorothy and John Lenore Endowed Fund 16. Dolores Austin Moser Endowed Scholarship 17. Rachel Muenzenmayer Endowed Scholarship 18. Craig Murray Endowed Scholarship Fund 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 23. Marcia Lockamy Verploegen Endowed Scholarship Fund 24. Harry & Patsy Williams Endowed Scholarship 25. Andrew Woods Endowed Scholarship Fund


Total Endowment March 31, 2023 - $3,762,724 Total Endowment March 31, 2023 - $4,431,286

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 $10,000 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 Mr. Todd Giszack, Associate Head of School for Advancement, 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, 2022 to May 31, 2023 . 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 $ 306,840.96 Endowed Funds $ 80,358.66 Scholarship $ 168,200.00 Estate Gift $ 36,500.00 Hough Dorm Fitness Room $ 10,000.00 Other $ 43,222.40 Virginia Baptist Mission Board $ 17,596.00 TOTAL OF ALL CASH GIFTS $662,718.02


Adolph Welch Bailey Sharon Rumpf Bellamy Russell Miller Michelle Bailey Shaw Cheslie Smith


Shari Apel Alison Greenwood Dattoma Stacy Eller Halsey


Randy Berry


Ben Dabney Aaron Groves

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 & Pattie Bowen Blaine Butterworth & Phyllis Ponder Jeannette Cameron Inez Cox Sidney Rose Fant Marshall & Peggy Frank Xiangpeng He & Xuhui Niu Bill Jackson Ron & Lynn Kerr McIntosh Charitable Fund Morgan Foundation Ed & Carolyn Patton Jerry & Nina Patton Jacqueline Peer Otis & Mary Reamy David Shelton & Robin Gambill Josh Smith Mary Thomas Mark Todd Vannoy Construction Taylor & Celia Vaughan Marcia Lockamy Verploegen Vaughan Furniture Foundation Thomas & Joyce Woods Richard & Joanne Mueller Rebecca Muenzenmayer

Laureates Society

Alma Dillon Trust

Benefactors Society

A. J. Fletcher Foundation Frances Dixon EverBless Foundation John & Susie Garner Joe & Carol Gigler Michael & Joy Groves Tim & Debra Marburger T. R. Paul Family Foundation

George & Leslie Pelton Carl & Cheryl Rosberg Skyline National Bank Carole Loos The Titmus Foundation

Anne Vaughan Millie Wingate

Oak Hill Society

Kim Baughman and John Duvall Brandon & Suzi Blair C. E. Richardson Foundation Monica Cooper Dixon Lumber Company Wayne & Dena Landsman Dwayne & Belinda Majors Mary Morton Parsons Foundation Tatum Saunders Jack & Jennifer Stenner


• Abilene Christian University (TX) • Albright College (PA) • Bard College (NY) • Barry University (FL)

• Northern Arizona University • Oglethorpe University (GA) • Ohio Northern University • Ohio Wesleyan University • Old Dominion University (VA) • Oral Roberts University (OK) • Penn State (PA) • Penn State Brandywine (PA) • Point Park University (PA)

• Bentley University (MA) • Bridgewater College (VA) • Bridgewater State (MA)

• Carthage College (WI) • Cheyney University (PA) • Colorado State University • Converse College (SC) • Curry College (MA) • Dalhousie University (Canada) • DME Academy (FL) • Duquesne University (PA) • D’Youville University (NY) • East Carolina University (NC) • Elms College (MA) • Emmanuel College (MA) • Emory and Henry College (VA) • Ferris State University (MI) • Ferrum College (VA) • Florida Institute of Technology • Florida Southern College • Friends University (KS) • Gannon University (PA) • Gardner-Webb University (NC) • Georgetown College (KY) • Georgia State University • Grace College (IN) • Grand Canyon University (AZ) • Guilford College (NC) • Gustavus Adolphus College (MN) • Hampden-Sydney College (VA) • Hood College (MD) • Husson College (ME) • Kalamazoo College (MI) • Kentucky State • Lees-McRae College (NC) • Lenoir-Rhyne University (NC) • Liberty University (VA) • Hampton University (VA) • High Point University (NC)

• Purdue University (IN) • Queens University (NC) • Radford University (VA) • Randolph-Macon College (VA) • Roanoke College (VA) • Rochester Institute of Technology (NY) • Rollins College (FL) • Simon Fraser University (Canada) • Southern Utah University • St. Andrews University (NC) • St. Edward’s University (TX) • St. Joseph’s University (PA) • St. Olaf College (MN) • St. Thomas Aquinas College (NY) • Stetson University (FL) • Stevenson University (MD)

• Suffolk University (MA) • Temple University (PA) • Thiel College (PA) • Troy University (AL) • Truman State University (MO)

• University of Alabama Tuscaloosa • University of California San Diego • University of Colorado Boulder • University of Kentucky • University of Lynchburg (VA) • University of Massachusetts Boston • University of Mississippi • University of North Carolina Greensboro • University of Puget Sound (WA)

• University of Rochester (NY) • University of Southern Maine • University of St. Francis (IL) • University of Tampa (FL) • University of Texas Dallas • Virginia State University • Virginia Wesleyan University (VA) • West Texas A&M University • Westfield State University (MA) • Wichita State University (KS)

• Luther College (IA) • Lynn University (FL) • Marietta College (OH)

• Mercyhurst University (PA) • Mississippi State University • Murray State University (KY) • Norfolk State University (VA) • North Carolina Central University

• Wingate University (NC) • Xavier University (OH) ACCEPTANCES

The enduring connection between Oak Hill Academy and Young’s Cha pel Baptist Church dates to the very founding of the school. The idea of the Academy was first proposed by the YCBC congregation, and af ter working for several years to bring the idea to life, the school doors opened in the fall of 1878. Since then, the church and the Academy have enjoyed a seamless relationship of amazing depth. The human bridge connecting these two historic institutions is the Church Pastor, who also serves as the Campus Minister. This dual calling is not an easy one to answer. It takes a special person to feed the spiritual appe tite and meet the ministerial needs of both a relatively transient high school student body and a deeply rooted church congregation. Doug Turnmire served in this capacity for 30 years with amazing grace and skill, and in the process touched thousands of lives around the world. He retired at the end of the 2022-2023 school year. Reverend Doug Turnmire; A Faithful and Solid Servant for 30 Years Doug was born and raised in the farmlands of North Carolina and no stranger to hard work from an early age. As the end of high school approached, his plan was to enlist in the Air Force for four years, then join the NC Highway Patrol. And that’s exactly what he did. And things were going well for him. But he was growing increasingly

convinced that God was calling him to full time ministry service. So, at the age of 24 he resigned from the patrol school and enrolled at Gardner-Webb University. It was 1984. To help make ends meet, Doug got a job at a Christian bookstore his junior year and worked there most Friday nights. In November of 1987 a young woman entered the store in search of a replacement accompaniment tape for her upcom ing children’s Christmas choir. As Doug was helping her, he learned that she played the hammer dul cimer at her church’s annual Living Nativity and decided immediately that he would come and see her there. Their first real date was to attend a Sunday evening worship service then go out to eat. The rest is history and before long, Doug and Ruth married. Following his graduation from Gardner-Webb and in answering his call to ministry, Doug enrolled in Southern Baptist Theological Seminary finishing his studies in December of 1991. The following June he and Ruth moved to High Point, NC where Doug began a year-long chaplain residency at Wake Forest Medical Center. In November of 1992 during his residency, he ran into a friend who told him of an opening at Oak Hill Academy that included being a campus minister, a religion teacher, and a church pastor. Intrigued, Doug called Ed Patton, the school President. He was hired later that year and preached his first sermon at YCBC on May 29th, 1993. Doug’s residency hadn’t yet finished, so that sum mer he would drive to Mouth of Wilson on the weekends to preach and return to High Point to work during the week. Doug and Ruth and their new daughter Rebekah (who was just over 2 years old at the time) arrived on campus at the beginning of the 1993-1994 school year, and Doug’s career began. His second daughter Anna was born after their arrival at OHA. As they settled into life on campus, Doug and Ruth had a simple policy. Their home was to be an extension of their lives- an open book. His door was never locked, and everyone knew it. He wanted them to know it. Even when he wasn’t home, people came and went- borrowing tools or dropping things off. And that is one characteristic that Doug became known for. He shared his life openly, did what he said he was going to do, and he was consis tent in his ways. Predictable. Solid. Dependable.

Doug never imagined that he would end up in the pulpit, but he was a skilled pastor and worked dili gently among the flock of YCBC. His ministry wasn’t confined to the four walls of the church, however, and for many years he led a ministry team that accomplished dozens of home repairs in the communi ty. Among these repairs were many ramps for people with ambulatory challenges. Doug and his “Mac cabean Team” became so skilled at ramp building that sometimes they were done in one Saturday, and he often shared pictures of their work with the congregation the following Sunday. He even carried on a prison ministry until COVID in 2020 and spent countless hours with those behind bars.

Though Doug showed himself adept at pas toring and serving his community, his real passion was teaching, and he excelled at it. Whether it be among his adult Sunday School class (which he credits for helping him grow as a Christian), or a group of restless teenag ers, Doug loved teaching and carved out quite a niche for himself as a classroom instructor. Hundreds of students looked forward to his classes over the years. He taught three differ ent courses - Comparative Religion, the Bible as Literature, and Christian Ethics. The latter of these became an extension of Doug’s life long pursuit of living ethically. His aim was to teach his students how to use their intellect and emotions to discern how to live a good life, and how to live with their decisions, both good and bad. Out of his pursuit of ethical living, the Academy’s recycling program was born and thrives to this day. In 2022, Doug and Ruth’s first grandchild was born. Doug knew then that his retirement would be imminent. He sensed that God

had a new season for him and Ruth. Keeping with his lifelong pattern of following through on what he said, Doug announced in the fall of 2022 that his final sermon at YCBC would be May 27th, 2023. And when that beautiful sunny spring day finally arrived, we were all reminded again, as we had been for 30 years, that we were children of God, loved by God, and made in the image of God. And we were further charged with going forth into the world to reflect that love to so many who need to see it. Doug ended every sermon with that timeless reminder. At Doug’s retirement dinner on campus, Dr. Groves uttered these words: “How does one encapsulate thirty years of service, thirty years of Christian servanthood? What few words would be engraved on their retirement capstone? How about this … Doug and Ruth Turn mire, 1993 - 2023: Neighbors, never shirked a task, changed countless lives, dutiful Christian servants throughout.” Thank you, Doug and Ruth Turnmire, for living your lives with us so openly and faithfully. For teaching us patience and kindness and fortitude. And for making a difference in the lives of the congregants of YCBC and the students and staff of Oak Hill Academy. We couldn’t have asked for a more solid bridge. Godspeed.

Reverend Chris Luper Answers the Call at Oak Hill Academy

... Team Luper is so excited to be here. Our family has been so graciously welcomed into the community ...

Imagine trying to find someone qualified and eager to pastor a church, shepherd a community of high school students from around the world, minister to the community around Mouth of Wilson, teach several college preparatory courses, and all of this while raising his family in the midst of campus. Well, as we searched for our new campus minister (who also pastors Young’s Chapel Baptist Church), we knew we needed just the right person to fill these varied roles. Someone who’d fit in. Who’d understand the culture of the church and the school and the community. Someone who liked kids, and who also loved church members and had a clear sense of calling and mission. Well, when we met Chris Luper, we knew we’d found our man. Rev. Chris Luper preached his first sermon as the Pastor of YCBC on August 13, 2023. And we couldn’t be happier. Chris was born and raised locally, and his family has deep roots in the area. In fact, when he was in high school he even worked a summer stint in the school’s maintenance department. There is no doubt that Chris Luper knows the school, the church, and the region. A graduate of Emory and Henry College where he earned his B.A. in Religion and Psychology, Chris went on to earn his M. A in Youth Ministry from Asbury Theological Seminary. He then spent the next 10 years leading youth ministry in various congregations in Virgina and North Carolina. He has led numerous domestic and international mission trips, and brings a wealth of experience and passion to his new role. When the Luper’s arrived on campus earlier this summer, all of us were instantly smitten

by his beautiful family, which consists of his wife Libby, and four daughters Teaghyn (9), Anistyn (7), Hollyn (3), and Strattyn (8 months). Together, they comprise “Team Luper”. In preparation for this article, Chris said “being called to serve as the Pastor of Young’s Chapel Baptist Church and Campus Chaplain for Oak Hill Academy is one of the greatest honors of my life. I am truly humbled by the opportunity and excited for the Kingdom work that will transpire on the Hill. Team Luper is so excited to be here. Our family has been so graciously welcomed into the community and we look forward to becoming more involved.” Our school and church community is thankful for the arrival of Team Luper, and we look forward to many years of ministry with them.

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