June 3, 2014
1) Congratulations to Maggie Thompson (Seminar class of 2006) who graduated last month from the University of Virginia’s School of Nursing. She is preparing to take the nursing licensure exam this month and applying for jobs outside the Roanoke Valley.
2) Congratulations to Marleigh Walsh (Seminar class of 2011) who is one of the Junior Marshalls for William Byrd’s graduation this year. Marleigh, who has a 4.0 GPA, is active in both school and club volley ball. Her brother, Garrett, (Seminar class of 2013) also has a 4.0 GPA as a freshman at William Byrd. He competes on the tennis team and loves playing guitar in the high school jazz band.
3) Congratulations to Emily Forehand (Seminar class of 2011) who recently received the Mark Hale Teeter Scholarship for Modern or Classical Language at Episcopal High School in Alexandria where she is a rising senior. The $2000 scholarship is awarded to one student in the school for “outstanding qualities of effort and determination in foreign language.” Emily will be studying in Comillas, Spain, for four weeks this summer as part of the Middleburg Monterey language academy. She has been to Bolivia three times, twice as part of our Bolivian Exchange program and once on her own.
4) Congratulations to Rachael McBroom who graduated last week with a M.A. in museum studies from Johns Hopkins. Rachel attended Community School for middle school and graduated from Community High School.
May 27, 2014
1) Congratulations to Carolyn Miesen (Seminar class of 2006) who is graduating from Roanoke College with a B.A. in psychology and a minor in elementary education and human development. Carolyn will be pursuing a M.S. in Quantitative Psychology at James Madison University this fall. She is member of Psi Chi International Honor Society, Alpha Chi National Honor Society, and Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society for Education.
2) Congratulations to Sean Rowden (Seminar class of 2006) who is graduating from Fordham University with a degree in architecture.
3) Congratulations to Casey Clark (Seminar class of 2006) who is graduating from Radford University and will be joining the Air Force.
4) Becky Albright (Seminar class of 2006) graduated from Jefferson College of Health Sciences as a R.N., is now working as a charge nurse in Rhode Island, and is happily anticipating the arrival of her first child.
5) Congratulations to Matthew Bentley (Seminar class of 2010) who is graduating from Salem High School and will be attending Berry College.
6) Congratulations to Rashad Clark (Seminar class of 2010) who is graduating from Community High and will be attending Guilford College on an academic scholarship.
7) Congratulations to Swade Best (Seminar class of 2010) who is graduating from Community High and will be attending Goucher College on an academic scholarship.
May 13, 2014
1) Paige Johnson (Seminar class of 1999) has been accepted to Oxford University where she will be pursuing a second Master’s degree this fall. She recently earned a M.S. in Science Communication from Drexel University and has been working as a Faculty/Research Group Assistant at the Joint Centre for Artificial Photosynthesis at Cal Tech.
2) Jeff Anway (Seminar class of 2005) is currently working as a software engineer at Harmonia. He graduated from Longwood University in 2013 with a B.A. in math and computer science. He was a member of the Cormier Honors College at Longwood.
3) Sam Spies (Seminar class of 1995) is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in anthropology at Temple University. His profile on the Anthropology Graduate Student Association webpage notes the following:
I joined the department after about six years in print and multimedia journalism. I've worked for several media outlets, but my most interesting assignment was as the night police reporter at The News & Observer in Raleigh, North Carolina. There I started to appreciate how the introduction of a camera to a crime scene or crowd affected the behavior of the victim's family, police officers and bystanders. My general research interest is in the transition from film to digital technology and the mass availability of digital cameras. More specifically, I'm interested in soldiers' own images from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, compared to Army public affairs photography and traditional photojournalism. While a Cornell undergraduate I studied Arabic in Jordan and Morocco, and I'm also interested in the visual representation of U.S. cultures in Arab pop media.
4) Congratulations to Cecilia Carter (Seminar class of 2012) who recently won a scholarship to spend her junior year of high school studying in Germany.
5) Congratulations to Isaac Anderson (Seminar class of 2010) who was recently accepted into the highly selective acting program at Pace University in New York City. He is currently a senior at Patrick Henry High School.
6) Jason Camp (Seminar class of 1994) recently wrote that he is currently living in Denmark, married and doing well. He noted that he attended CS from age 5 through 17, being part of the CS Extended Studies Program that preceded Community High School. Jason also observed that he “loved [Community School] and so did my two brothers, Justin and Nathan.”
7) Susanna Thornton (Seminar class of 2000) has recently moved back to the east coast after working as the Director of Advancement for Reading Partners in Oakland California. Prior to that, she lived in Washington, D.C., where she worked with the Sheridan Group to build coalitions and advocate for education reform. Susanna holds a B.A. from the University of Mary Washington. She is currently making a shift from education policy to work with several friends on an organic vegetable farm in Maine.
8) Eric Sutton (Seminar class of 2010) is graduating from Community High School and will be attending Roanoke College this fall with plans to major in Biology and pursue further studies in Entomology.
May 6, 2014
1) Walter Patterson (Seminar class of 2009) is a freshman at UNC-Pembroke where he is a member of the Esther G. Maynor Honors College and a Farm Bureau Scholar. He has already submitted his first scientific paper, currently under review for publication in a peer-reviewed journal, and is working on three more. You can read about Walter’s passion for science and his current lab work at https://www.uncp.edu/news/uncp%E2%80%99s-newest-farm-bureau-scholar-home-lab. Walter was the Agriscience Student of the Year for the state of North Carolina in 2012.
2) Mark Finney (Seminar class of 1991) is an Assistant Professor of Communications at Emory & Henry College. His sister, Lecia Finney (Seminar class of 1994), is a mechanical engineer working as a project manager at Chevron in California.
April 22, 2014
From Lisa Hollandsworth, mother of Jaren (Seminar class of 2013 and currently a freshman at Lord Botetourt High School):
A little over a year ago, I posted this design that Jaren Hollandsworth made for a Chaco sandal at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival. His design was the most popular from the festival so, this year, his sandal idea (known as Shoe Caps) was exclusively featured at Telluride and was made available for order.
It took a LONG time, but the Chaco featuring Jaren Hollandsworth's webbing design is here! He received his pair yesterday. Several friends have asked how to get their own. They can be ordered by going to MyChacos.com and building a custom pair. You can select everything from webbing to buckle colors to logos. Among the webbing choices is Jaren's design, called "Telluride.” Have fun!
March 11, 2014
Our sincere condolences go out to the family of Ginny Weiss. Ginny was one of the founders of Community School in 1971 and was instrumental in the creation of the Strawberry Festival. She was a longtime supporter of the school, serving in many capacities from parent and volunteer to employee and trustee. For more information and to send your condolences, visit http://www.johnmoakey.com/fh/obituaries/obituary.cfm?o_id=2447347&fh_id=12548 .
January 28, 2014
After attending Community School from age 3 through 6th grade, Tory and Liam Halsey moved to another state this past summer and are now enrolled in the 7th grade in a public middle school. Tory sent the letter below last week. Liam recently participated in a robotics competition and was interviewed for a local news broadcast. You can see video of Liam’s interview and learn about the competition at http://www.heraldmailmedia.com/news/local/washington-county-students-maneuver-in-robot-competition-at-volvo-group/article_ae0b9f7a-63a7-11e3-856e-0019bb30f31a.html .
I wanted to tell you about my transition from Community School to public school and how much Community School has helped me. I admit, I was really nervous about the new school's education, expectations, and the new activities they would have me do. However, the funny truth is I already know everything they're teaching because I learned it from Community School the year before. I have very high grades and same thing with my brother. The good news is, I think it's fun learning the same thing twice because I get to see it taught in different ways.
Both of us are among the top writers in our school. Writing about different ways to look at a story and how to analyze a character are new to other students, but come easily to us. Thanks to Community School. We are also both excelling in math.
Despite having great friends at Community School, I ended up making lots of friends on just the first day of school and we both continue to build strong friendships. Moving from addressing our teachers to their first names to addressing them by their last names was easy to get used to, but kind of odd and unnatural. All of our teachers comment on how mature we are and have asked that Community School send more just like us. Thank you so much for a wonderful nine years and helping prepare us for a new adventure.
January 14, 2014
1) Corrie Williamson (Seminar class of 2000) is a recent graduate of the MFA Program at the University of Arkansas, where she taught, directed the Writers in the Schools Program, and was a Walton Fellow in Poetry. Her poems have appeared lately in The Journal, Waccamaw, Rattle, The Carolina Quarterly, Thrush, and Shenandoah, which awarded her their James Boatwright Prize for Poetry. She lives in Helena, Montana, where she will start this month as a full-time instructor at Helena College, University of Montana, teaching public speaking, world literature, and nature and society.
2) In December, our graduates took two of the top three places in the local Shakespeare Competition of the English-Speaking Union. Second place went to Eric Sutton (Seminar class of 2010) from Community High School of Arts and Academics. He quoted from Much Ado About Nothing, Benedick (IIi) and quoted Sonnet #23. Third place went to Anne Peyton Brothers (Seminar class of 2011) from Patrick Henry High School who quoted Julia from The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Iii), and quoted Sonnet #147.
October 8, 2013
Morgan H. (Seminar class of 2000) stopped by campus for a visit in September. He was recently accepted into Massachusetts Institute of Technology to pursue a master’s degree, but is deferring enrollment for one year to travel the world, beginning in Latin America. He’ll commence his M.B.A. program in fall 2014. Prior to his decision to pursue graduate studies, he was working in private equity for Golden Gate Capital in California.
May 7, 2013
1) Congratulations to Genevieve A. (Seminar class of 2005) who graduates from Suffolk University in Boston this month as a Griffin Scholar and an Honors Scholar. The Sawyer Business School recently honored Genevieve with the Excellence in Global Business and Excellence in Marketing academic achievement awards for being the first in the college in business and marketing. She was also inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma International Honors Society.
2) Katie F. (Seminar class of 2004) is currently attending the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine on the prestigious Dean’s Scholarship with anticipated graduation in 2016. Katie attended the Williston Northampton School in Massachusetts, graduating in 2008 as a member of the national Cum Laude Society and receiving honors in discrete mathematics and French, awards from the National French Exam Levels I and II, and the award for best student tutor, as well as being a high honors student throughout. She participated in a summer immersion program in France as a high school student. Katie graduated Magna Cum Laude from Carleton College in 2012 with a B.A. in chemistry and a concentration in biochemistry. She was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma Xi and received distinction on her senior comprehensive project and the college’s sophomore writing portfolio. During college, she studied French and European identities in Paris, France, and community public health and the AIDS epidemic in Gaborone, Botswana.
3) Rain Y. (Seminar class of 2003 and Community High graduate) is currently working for Rosetta Stone doing quality control for their Spanish support across departments, evaluating support contacts in Spanish for quality, identifying trends, and providing training to improve quality. She graduated Cum Laude from the University of Mary Washington with a B.A. in Spanish. She lived abroad for two years in Madrid, Spain, where she attended college at the Saint Louis University-Madrid campus.
4) Channing P., who attended Community School in the 1980s, graduated with a B.S. from James Madison University with major and minor fields of integrated science and technology. He is currently working as an energy analyst for Advance Auto Parts. Channing is the co-founder for Madison Motorsports, a JMU driver’s club, and a driving instructor for the National Autosport Association.
April 23, 2013
1) Congratulations to Swade B. (CS Seminar class of 2010 and a current junior at Community High School) on his acceptance to two prestigious summer writing programs at Kenyon College and The University of Virginia. Swade has chosen to attend the program at Kenyon which has awarded him a very good scholarship.
2) Congratulations to Molly R. (CS Seminar class of 2005 and a current senior at James Madison University). Her team recently placed third overall and first for teamwork out of 120 teams in the JMU College of Business’s Annual Business Plan Competition. Each member of her team received a $1000 prize.
February 12, 2013
1) Kate T. (Seminar class of 2001) earned a B.A. in Spanish from the University of Virginia and a M.S. in Bilingual Speech-Language Pathology from Columbia University. She spent a summer studying abroad in Spain as an undergraduate and completed a clinical internship at a Children’s Hospital in Cambodia after graduate school. She is currently working for Henrico County Public Schools on a team of teachers, psychologists, social workers, and therapists to evaluate preschoolers to determine appropriate services and classroom settings. Outside of work, Kate volunteers at the Neighborhood Resource Center, a nonprofit after-school program that helps kids from low-income neighborhoods with homework and offers extracurricular enrichment activities.
I still talk with old CS friends about how special being a CS student was and how much I value my time there. All of my memories are positive ones, especially the nurturing relationships with teachers. I truly felt my experience there was educating my whole being and cultivating a love of learning, creativity and nature that extended beyond the school day. Favorite teachers were Emilie Temeles, Josh Chapman, Elena Isler and Bill Hunley. I think of them on a daily basis working in schools and strive to be like them in my interaction with students…I will do anything I can to show my support of such a great place!
2) Anna T. (Seminar class of 2003 and Kate T.’s sister) graduated from James Madison University with a B.F.A. in Studio Art and Graphic Design and is currently working as a freelance graphic designer. She spent a semester abroad in Florence, Italy, studying art history, Italian, and wine culture. Anna also spent a summer in Vienna, Austria, in an intensive architecture and design studio. Her awards include the 2012 Creative Quarterly Winner, Student Graphic Design Competition, the 2011 Senior Art Achievement Award Winner and 2010 Rob Miller Scholarship Award Winner, both from the JMU School of Art and Art History.
I have so many wonderful memories from being at CS. Festivals, camping trips, Friday groups with Cherry, Creek walks with Bill, Drama classes and hosting Bolivian students at home... I could go on. Such early exposure to classes in music, drama, Spanish and art impacted me deeply and still influence me. I can't say I would have had the confidence to major in Art at JMU if it hadn't been for CS and 9 years of art classes with Cherry growing up. I am proud to say I went to CS and eager to tell people about it.
3) Morgan H. (Seminar class of 2000) graduated from Amherst College with a B.A. in Economics. He currently works in private equity for Golden Gate Capital and previously worked in Sydney, Australia, in management consulting for Bain & Company.
4) Paige J. (Seminar class of 1999), member Phi Beta Kappa, graduated Cum Laude from Occidental College with a B.A. in Philosophy and a minor in Studio Art. She is currently pursuing her M.S. in Science Communication from Drexel University and is working as a Faculty/Research Group Assistant in the Chemistry Department at California Institute of Technology. She spent a semester studying abroad in Brighton, England. Paige volunteers at the Los Angeles Natural History Museum.
Community School provided the best educational experience of my life. I still think about it all the time! Art class with Cherry Chapman, having class in the attic with Emilie Temeles, hanging out after school in Michi Hines's classroom, still remembering Spanish vocab I learned almost 20 years ago with Elena, being terrified of Linda Thornton, and the beginning of my interest in biology from doing field science with Bill Hunley.
January 15, 2013
Over the last month, we heard from several alumni who attended Community School during its first years in the 1970s and early 80s. They provided information on their education, current careers, global experiences, and memories of Community School. Over the next year, we’ll be reaching out to more of our alumni to gather information about their lives after CS, and we’ll be sharing that information periodically on this webpage .
1) Amy H. is working as the Executive Director of the World Affairs Council of Maine, a nonprofit organization. She holds a M.A. in Public Policy and Management from the University of Southern Maine, Muskie School of Public Service, and a B.A. from Tufts in International Relations and French. She studied abroad in Paris, France.
2) Chuck W. is a Professor of History at Lehman College, City University of New York. He holds a Ph.D. from Princeton University, a M.A. from the University of Washington (Seattle), and a B.A. from Swarthmore College. Chuck was a National Merit Scholar and received a Fulbright for study in China. He was an exchange student in Germany twice, studied Chinese and taught English in Taiwan twice, and lived in Nanjing while completing research for his Ph.D. Of his experience at CS, he noted the following:
I appreciate Community more and more. I found my experience there incredibly grounding, and whenever I face a major decision, I try to think about -- what exactly? It's hard to say. I feel like while there I had a joy of learning, a concern for the people around me, and a sense of community, all of which things I still value, and so I try to replicate as best I can the kind of learning that happened there.
So many great teachers! Lately I've thought a lot about learning to read with Froggie, which partly involved her active teaching and partly involved her good sense to let me sit on the steps looking at books even when the class was doing something else. I remember discussing politics with Jenny C. I remember art and sports with Mo (how lucky we were to have so much art!). I remember Susanna Turner marching us through the boxwoods at the beginning of every year. I remember the old community room when the high school was still there, and looking up to the guitar-playing kids and just feeling "wow"! (That must have been 1976 -- they were gone soon after). I remember collecting mulberries and playing kick the can and working the merry-go-round to high speed. I remember our school Egypt project -especially the mural we made with tiles. I remember performing the Sound of Music. I remember all the words to "Circle Game." I remember a lot of dancing in the after school program to Grease and Saturday Night Fever. I remember Mom (Joyce) working really hard. I remember discussing the merits of penguins and umbrellas with my brother (John) and Josh C. I remember the cherry tree and the tire swing and the way the fields would flood when it rained a lot. When I talk to other people about their schools, I feel really lucky to have had so many fantastic experiences with those people in that place.
3) Steven K. is working as a data entry clerk for the homebuilding company Shelter Alternatives, as a bookkeeper at Kent Square Jewelers, and as a movie critic for the Floyd County publication A Muse Letter. He holds a B.S. in Accounting from Virginia Tech. Steven observed, “I shall always be grateful for having had the privilege of attending Community School. This great institution planted the seeds of intellectual curiosity that have been blossoming for the rest of my life.”
4) Thomas V. is a Senior Program Manager, Zero Waste Network, for the University of Texas. He holds a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Texas at Arlington, is a Black Belt in Martial Arts, and has worked in Saudi Arabia as an environmental consultant. About CS, Thomas commented “So many fond memories. I am amazed in retrospect at how we were in those days. It is not what I see in other schools.”
5) Daniel K. works in IT Security for Microsoft. He holds a M.S. in Computer Science and a B.A. in Philosophy and Economics, both from James Madison University. Daniel is also a Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve. He studied in Paris, France, and lived, studied, and worked in San Jose, Costa Rica. One fond memory he has of CS is “at the end of every year all of the students, parents and teachers would all join hands and sing, ‘It’s a Small World’ (with custom third verse, that the principal Susana wrote). I graduated/left in 1982.”
6) Ayn C. is an inspirational author of many books including Tracking the Deer (poetry), Consider This (non-fiction), Sparkle & The Gift (children’s book), The Windhorse: Poems of Illumination, Unquenchable Spiritual Fire (on poetry and prayer), and a novel with a summer publishing date. She is a practicing non-denominational minister and teaches the gift of prayer. She holds a M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Columbia University and, after receiving an overseas research award from King’s College London, earned her Ph.D. there. She stayed in England for eleven years. Ayn commented,
I am truly grateful for Community School. My parents, Bill & Gwen Cates, were founding members and I started the year the school began. I believe Community School gave me the freedom I needed to explore my inner world so that I could become a writer. I remember Robin Crockett and his family very fondly. He supported my writing, showed us videos of Europe and helped me fall in love with literature. I also have fond memories of Suzanna Turner, who allowed me to create my own independent writing program and produce my first collection of poetry.
December 11, 2012
In a strong statement of our drama program’s quality and success, Community School alumni were chosen to represent three out of seven area high schools in the Shakespeare Competition of the English-Speaking Union’s Southwestern Virginia Branch on Saturday. Anne Peyton B., who placed third in the competition, represented Patrick Henry High School. Maggie H., for Hidden Valley High School, and Alex P., for Community High School of Arts & Academics, rounded out our alumni showing. Congratulations to all three students on their excellent performances.
December 4, 1012
Shane T., who attended the Governor’s School in Pulaski, graduated in the top ten of his class from Fort Chiswell High School. He now attends Virginia Tech and is majoring in statistics, though his grandmother notes that he is looking forward to taking classes in creative writing as well. Shane attended CS during elementary and middle school.
November 6, 2012
1) Ayn Cates S., who attended CS in its early years in the 1970s, recently contacted us to report that she is currently working as a poet and author and has published seven books for children and adults. Ayn is donating a copy of her latest children’s story, Sparkle & The Gift, to CS. She writes that while at CS she “enjoyed the support of the art department…and the freedom to express [herself] creatively” and that “it may be an inspiration for other children to know that Community School fosters successful writers.” Ayn has fully embraced the CS philosophy of lifelong learning, earning a B.A. in English literature from Hollins College, M.F.A. in creative writing from Columbia University, Ph.D. in English literature from King’s College London, and recently, M.A. in counseling psychology from the University of Santa Monica.
2) Congratulations to Harlee F. who was recently inducted into the National Junior Honor Society and selected for the girls’ basketball team. Her mother writes that they “are very proud of her hard work at Read Mountain and believe it was mostly due to the education she received during her time at Community School. Community School certainly gave her the confidence she needed to excel in the classroom and with her peer group. We feel very fortunate to have found a school that has helped to prepare her for the journey through middle and high school.”
May 22, 2012
1) Max B. (Seminar class of 1999) will be promoted to Captain in the U.S. Army on June 1. The next day he will graduate from the Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine as a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine. The following week, he and his wife, Sarah, will report to Fort Gordon in August, GA, where Max will begin his three-year residency in emergency medicine at the Medical College of Georgia Hospital.
2) Beth F. (Seminar class of 2001) was recently accepted to the University of Vienna in Austria where she will attend classes next year as she pursues her dream of becoming a Spanish and German book translator.
3) Erin C. (Seminar class of 2005) is currently in Krakow, Poland, where she is pursuing a course of study in European history and the evolution of national identity. She just completed her junior year at Goucher College where she is majoring in history.
May 15, 2012
Congratulations to Walter P. (Seminar class of 2009) who was recently selected as the Agriscience Student of the Year for the state of North Carolina. Walter is a high school junior in Pembroke, North Carolina. Last year he placed first in the North Carolina Agriscience Fair and eighth in the national competition in Indianapolis. He will be taking all college level classes during his senior year and plans to pursue a degree in Plant and Crop Science. According to his mother Kathy, Walter’s experiences on Community School’s exchange program in Bolivia led to his passion for agriscience research and finding solutions to address issues of world hunger and starvation.
May 8, 2012
Sarah B. (Seminar class of 2004) is graduating this month from Guilford College with a major in psychology and a minor in sociology. Sarah recently received the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award for Community Service in the Greensboro area for her work organizing and managing a lunch buddy program pairing Guilford College students with public school students. This summer, Sarah begins a new full-time position at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in High Point in the area of children and youth ministry. Sarah was very excited to be chosen for this position from a large and competitive field of candidates.
Alex B. (Seminar class of 2008) will graduate in June from Salem High School. Alex recently submitted a paper on his multi-year research project on the reptiles of Fort Lewis Mountain that was accepted for fall publication by the peer review journal of the Virginia Herpetological Society—a significant accomplishment for a high school student! Before heading to college in fall 2013 in pursuit of his longtime goal of becoming a herpetologist, Alex plans to enjoy a “gap” year. During this year, he will be working as a summer camp counselor, hiking the Appalachian Trail with his cousin, and traveling to Costa Rica or Ecuador on an environmental and conservation study trip. He also hopes to land a zoo internship for part of the year
March 13, 2012
Congratulations to Houston J. (Seminar class of 1996; CS Extended Studies Program 2000) who will be joining the teaching faculty at Virginia Military Institute in the fall. He was awarded a tenure-track position as an Assistant Professor of History. Houston graduated with his Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee in May 2011.
March 6, 2012
Alumni parent Jong R. recently provided information on his three sons. The youngest, Christopher R., is a senior at Cornell University majoring in computational linguistics. Alan R. graduated from Cornell with a degree in English and is currently pursuing a MALS degree from Hollins University while he considers Ph. D. programs in English. He is the recipient of a Jack Kent Cook Foundation grant for his graduate studies. Stephen R. is combining his interests in neuroscience and political science through a dual-enrollment program, attending Weill Cornell Medical College and pursuing a Ph.D. in political science. Stephen’s research focuses on the neuroscience of decision-making and its implications in the political arena. All three boys attended Community School during elementary and middle school.
February 28, 2012
Congratulations to Walter P. (Seminar class of 2009) who is currently a high school junior in North Carolina. He recently won first place in Future Farmers of America Extemporaneous Public Speaking in federation competition. He will go on to compete in the area competition later this spring. His topic was: "On small farms 89% of the farmer’s income comes from outside the farm. How can income from the farm be increased? " Drawing on his Community School experiences, he included agricultural facts and figures from Bolivia in his speech. Walter also recently won two first places in the Science Olympiad regional competitions held at Fayetteville Tech. He won first in forestry and Fermi question and will go on to the state competition in Raleigh in April. According to his mother, he is so engrossed in his preparations that he has taken over the dining room and is refusing to come out except for food and school.
January 3, 2012
1) Rylin L. (Seminar class of 1996) is currently in graduate school in Portland, Oregon, studying physical therapy. Her brother, Jesse L. (Seminar class of 1991), teaches English at Franklin County High School.
2) Emily F. (Seminar class of 2003) graduated from Marlboro College this year with a B.A. in creative writing, children’s literature, and biology. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where she loves her job as a shift supervisor and legal assistant at a homeless shelter. She is thinking about the possibility of pursuing graduate education in mental health counseling or law, but plans to work for at least two years before deciding. Her sister, Beth F. (Seminar class of 2001), who holds a bachelor’s degree in screenwriting from North Carolina School of the Arts, is currently applying to schools in Austria to study German. She spent some time last year working at a hostel in Germany. Beth hopes to become a Spanish and German book translator.
December 6, 2011
1) Recently, The Roanoke Times featured an article on yet another CS alumnus. Alex B. (Seminar class of 2007) received attention for his passion for herpetology. Now a senior at Salem High School, he breeds and sells corn snakes and ball pythons and collects data on their natural habitat. Alex surveyed reptiles and amphibians in western Roanoke County’s Fort Louis Mountain and presented his findings in October in Raleigh at the North American Association for Environmental Education conference. He was the youngest presenter there. You can find the article on Alex at http://www.roanoke.com/theedge/stories/wb/301459. While a student at CS, Alex won the grand prize in two national competitions sponsored by The Nature Conservancy and Random House Books and by The National Geographic Society.
2) Houston J. (Seminar class of 1996; CS Extended Studies Program 2000), who completed his Ph.D. in history at the University of Tennessee this past May, is currently teaching at Bridgewater College as a visiting assistant professor of history. His sister, Paige J., (Seminar class of 1999) is currently living in Pasadena, California. For the past four years she has been the Curatorial Assistant at the Dinosaur Institute of the Los Angeles Museum of Natural History. After being intensely involved with the design, development, and opening (this past July) of the widely renowned new Dinosaur Hall at the museum, Paige decided to move on to new challenges. She has just started a new job in a support role with the JCAP (Joint Centre for Artificial Photosynthesis) program at Cal Tech in Pasadena. Even though she majored in philosophy at Occidental College, Paige credits her lifelong interest in science to her Community School roots.
3) Alex L. (Seminar class of 2001) is currently pursuing a master of arts in classics at Washington University in St. Louis. He was also accepted into the classics program at U.C. Santa Barbara. Alex remains torn between pursuing a Ph.D. in classics or a M.D. He graduated from Carlton College in 2009 with a major in classical languages and a concentration in chemistry.
4) Maggie H. (Seminar class of 2008), a first-year student at Burton Center for Performing Arts, was chosen recently to be the dance captain for their upcoming “Holidazzle” show. She also received first place in the Hidden Valley High School’s Shakespeare Competition sponsored by the English-Speaking Union of the United States. She will go to the district competition at Virginia Western Community College on December 10. Maggie is a very busy young lady, including among her extracurricular activities: vice president of the HVHS Drama Club, secretary of the HVHS chapter of the International Thespian Society, Flag Corps member, Prevention Council leader, youth leader and organizer of the regional YADAPP (Youth Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Project), director of the HVHS competition play “Cagebirds,” and Professional Actors Studio member of the Kevin Jones Performing Arts Studio. She also dances for Linda Watkins’ School of Dance.
5) Sam S. (Seminar Class of 2011) was recently inducted into the Junior Honor Society at Salem High School where she is in pre-International Baccalaureate classes and is on the A/B Honor Roll. Her mother observed that the high school transition has been painless and that Sam was extremely well prepared academically.
November 1, 2011
Our community extends its sincere condolences to the family of Nicole S. I. (Seminar class of 2001) on her recent death. Nicole, who was 24 years old, attended Community School and Community High School. Those wishing to pay their respects can leave a message for her family and friends at http://www.oakeys.com/sitemaker/sites/Oakeys1/obit.cgi?user=501176Irwin# or attend the memorial service at Unity Church of the Roanoke Valley at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 12.
October 25, 2011
1) CS alumna Becca M., now Becca A., (Seminar class of 2002) was featured in a recent Associated Press article on young women changing the face of the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and math). The article was picked up by The Roanoke Times and appeared on the front page of the October 24 edition. Becca, currently a second year doctoral student in chemistry at Yale University, started in the CS preschool program and continued all the way through, ending up as one of the first students at the new Community High School. Read the entire article at http://www.crescent-news.com/ap%20general%20news/2011/10/18/women-making-slow-sure-strides-in-science-math or check out a copy of The Roanoke Times edition. Becca’s older sister, Rachel M., also a CS alumna (Seminar class of 1997), earned an engineering degree from Virginia Tech.
2) Congratulations to Joseph H. (Seminar class of 2007) on recently being designated an AP Scholar with Distinction for having earned an average of 3.5 on five or more AP exams, including scores of 5 on his AP Biology and Calculus tests. Joseph graduated as valedictorian from Hidden Valley High School in June and is now a freshman pre-med student at Virginia Tech.
3) CS alumnus Peter T. (Seminar class of 2008) was featured on the front page of the September 28 edition of The Fincastle Herald. Pete, now a senior at Lord Botetourt, has set a goal of running in the 2012 Paralympic Games in London next summer. A double amputee below the knee, Pete is currently ranked number 6 in the world in the International Paralympic Committee Rankings for the 400 meters. He was named a 2011 US Paralympics Track and Field High School All-American. When he was a CS student, Pete appeared before the Virginia Assembly speaking in support of legislation requiring insurers to cover prosthetic limbs. At the time, he was the youngest person ever to speak before the assembly.
May 31, 2011
1) Congratulations to Yasmine A. who is graduating from Community High School and will be attending the University of Virginia this fall to study English and theater. She was also accepted with scholarships to Goucher College and Guilford College, and waitlisted at the College of William and Mary, Bryn Mawr College, Kenyon College, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Yasmine attended Community School from kindergarten through middle school (Seminar class of 2007).
2) Congratulations to Bonnie W. who is graduating from Northside High School and will be attending Bryn Mawr College this fall to pursue a pre-med program. She was also accepted at the University of Virginia, Smyth College, the College of William and Mary, New York University, and Emory University. Bonnie attended Community School for middle school (Seminar class of 2007).
May 24, 2011
1) Congratulations to Sarah C. who recently graduated as co-valedictorian from Roanoke College. Sarah, who was earlier accepted to medical school at The University of Virginia, has elected to attend The University of Pittsburgh medical school this fall. Sarah is a 2007 graduate of Community High and attended Community School for five years in elementary and middle school.
2) Congratulations to Ruby B. (Seminar class of 2003) who recently graduated from Duke University. She will be attending The University of Wisconsin-Madison in the fall with a fellowship to study speech language pathology and plans to apply to enter their Ph.D. program the following year. Ruby is spending five weeks in Spain this summer to brush up on her Spanish. Her younger brother, William B., is a rising senior at the University of Alabama studying international relations/public policy and was on the Dean’s List this past semester. He is spending the summer in Greece studying philosophy. William attended CS for three years in elementary and middle school before the family moved to Atlanta.
3) Congratulations to Rain Y. (Seminar class of 2003) who was recently featured in The Free-Lance Star (May 1) for her work as a Spanish language interpreter with the Fredericksburg police department. Rain is a senior at The University of Mary Washington and spent two years studying in Madrid, Spain. She attended Community School from preschool through middle school and graduated from Community High in 2007.
February 1, 2011
Congratulations to Houston J. who just defended his dissertation and will be graduating from the University of Tennessee with a Ph.D. in history this spring. Houston attended CS for elementary and middle school (Seminar class of 1996) and designed his own high school curriculum through the CS Extended Studies Program, the precursor to Community High. He holds a B.A. in history, philosophy, and religion from Roanoke College.
January 11, 2011
1) Congratulations to Sarah C. on her recent acceptance to the University of Virginia Medical School. Sarah, who just turned 20, will graduate from Roanoke College in May. She was a CS student for five years in elementary and middle school, attended the Governor’s School for Math and Science, and graduated from Community High School in 2007.
2) Congratulations to Joseph H. who was just admitted “early decision” to the Biological Sciences department at Virginia Tech. Joseph, a senior at Hidden Valley High School, is an AP Scholar with Honor, received a 5 on his AP Biology Exam, and is a member of Beta Club (honor society) and Mu Alpha Theta (math honor society). He is also active in many extracurricular activities including Key Club; the HVHS marching band, jazz band, and wind ensemble; Appalachia Service Project; his church youth group; and Park Grove Retirement Community where he works part time. Joseph attended CS for elementary and middle school (Seminar class of 2007).
October 19, 2010
1) Congratulations to Maggie T. (Seminar class of 2006) who was recently named an AP Scholar with Distinction for scoring an average of 3.5 on five or more AP exams. Maggie is currently a freshman at the University of Virginia. She attended CS from kindergarten through middle school (Seminar class of 2006).
2) Congratulations to Aaron H. who graduated magna cum laude with a Juris Doctor from the University of Richmond this year. He recently joined Woods Rogers as an associate in their litigation department. Aaron attended CS for all of elementary school and part of middle school.
September 28 , 2010
Blue Ridge Business Journal featured CS alumnus Jonathan M. in the September 20 issue as a member of their “2010 20 Under 40” list. According to BRBJ, these young professionals are our region’s most promising and accomplished young business leaders. At age 26, Jonathan is the manager of 2nd Helpings Café, a division of the Roanoke Rescue Mission, the interim minister of music at a local church, and the former owner of McGraw Fine Art. This is not his first appearance in BRBJ; he was featured in 2006 for his work as a benefactor to local artist Eddie Maxwell. Jonathan attended CS for elementary and middle school (Seminar class of 1997). It’s worth noting that both Jonathan and Megan M., the CS alumna featured in the 2008 BRBJ list, are only in their mid twenties—much younger than almost every other emerging leader listed. You can read more about Jonathan and the “2010 20 Under 40” list at http://www.bizjournal.com/people/articles/wb/260632.
July 30, 2010
1) Congratulations to Maggie T. who graduated from Roanoke Catholic and will be attending The University of Virginia this fall to study nursing. Maggie attended CS for 9 years (Seminar class of 2006).
2) Kate T. is in graduate school at Columbia University and hopes to graduate next spring with a masters in bilingual speech pathology. She is completing a three-week internship in Cambodia this summer. Kate attended CS for 8 years (Seminar class of 2001).
3) Anna T. spent her spring semester in Florence, Italy, and is completing an internship in the graphic art department of a small company in New York City this summer. She hopes to graduate from James Madison University next year with a degree in graphic arts. Anna attended CS for 9 years (Seminar class of 2003).
June 1, 2010
1) Congratulations to the following members of the Seminar class of 2006:
- Carolyn M. who is graduating from CHS and will be attending Roanoke College on a full academic scholarship. Carolyn was also accepted at The University of Mary Washington, Cornell College, Goucher College, Centre College, Randolph College, Lynchburg College, Virginia Wesleyan College, and was waitlisted at Elon University.
- Becky A. who is graduating from CHS and will be attending Jefferson College of Health Sciences to study nursing.
- Alex E. who is graduating from Northside High School and will be attending George Mason University.
- Brittany S. who graduated from Belleville High School in 2009 and is currently a sophomore at Bowling Green State and is active in the ROTC program.
- Ruairi H. who is graduating from Notre Dame High School in Georgia and will be attending The University of Tennesee at Chattanooga to study sociology. Ruairi is an honorary member of the Seminar class of 2006, having moved to Georgia during her Seminar year.
- Congratulations to Casey G. who is graduating from Lord Botetourt High School and will be attending Bluefield College on a tennis scholarship. Casey attended CS through elementary school.
2) Genevieve A. (Seminar class of 2005) has been chosen as one of ten students to participate in an Honors Academic Program in Prague, Czech Republic, in summer 2011. She will head to Prague after spending the 2010-2011 academic year in Madrid, Spain. Genevieve made the Dean’s List again this past semester at Suffolk University.
3) Walter P. (Seminar class of 2009) received the Robeson County Public Schools’ Superintendent’s Award for Academic Excellence on May 21. He was the lead male in Studio One’s winter production of The Outsiders and also performed in the spring production of Little Shop of Horrors. He plans to continue working with Studio One this summer and to begin tutoring elementary students in Spanish. His current goals are to attend the North Carolina School of the Arts his senior year in high school, earn an undergraduate degree in dramatic arts, and then attend law school to pursue a career in international law.
May 25, 2010
1) Congratulations to the following CS alumni and current CHS students on their success on the National Latin Exam: Latin III/IV Poetry – Lucas S. (Magna Cum Laude) and Yasmine A. (Cum Laude), Latin I – Alex P. (Maxima Cum Laude) and Logan K. (Cum Laude).
2) An addition to the March 31 update on Becca M.: She has accepted the offer from Yale University for graduate school.
3) Congratulations to the following members of the Seminar Class of 2006:
- Ciara P. who is graduating from Emma Willard in New York and will attend The University of Mary Washington in the fall.
- Sean R. who is graduating from CHS and was accepted at American University, The University of Mary Washington, Fordham University, and Concordia University in Montreal. He will be attending Fordham.
- Lucas S. who is graduating from CHS and has accepted an academic scholarship offer from Randolph College for the fall. He was also accepted at Hood College.
- Austin B. who is graduating from James River High School and will attend Randolph College this fall.
- A.J. E. who is graduating from CHS. A.J. will be attending Washington College this fall.
May 4, 2010
1) Congratulations to Daniel C. who graduates from Radford University this weekend with a B.S. in geography and a concentration in environmental studies. Daniel earned GIS certification and currently works mapping wetlands for Conservation Management, a company housed at Virginia Tech. Daniel attended CS for eight years (Seminar class of 1999).
2) Congratulations to Alex B. and Brian S. who were recently inducted into the National Honor Society at Salem High School (two of only twelve boys in the school to be selected). Alex has also been chosen to work with the Youth Conservation Corps this summer. He will be based at Claytor Lake State Park working on trail maintenance and outdoor chores and doing environmental education in the evenings and on weekends. Both Brian and Alex attended CS for nine years (Seminar Class of 2008).
April 13, 2010
Sarah S. graduated with a Master of Fine Arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) last spring. She is currently teaching photography at Anne Arundel Community College in Maryland. Sarah attended Community School for middle school (Seminar class of 1998).
March 31, 2010
1) Tony Z. will complete his degree this spring from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (School of Filmmaking). He is currently raising money to shoot a full-length feature film based on a screenplay he co-wrote with his father Tom Z. Tony has already secured some funding and won a prestigious grant from Panavision. He is a graduate of Community High School and attended Community School for 5 years (Seminar class of 2002).
2) Becca M. will complete her undergraduate degree in physical chemistry at The College of William and Mary this spring and has been accepted into graduate programs at Cornell, Yale, Rice, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Becca attended Community School from preschool through middle school (Seminar class of 2002) and attended both Community High School and Lord Botetourt.
March 22, 2010
1) Walter P. was one of seven freshmen recognized as Students of Excellence by the Public Schools of Robeson County and local chambers of commerce. Students were selected for their leadership, service, and academics. Walter currently attends Purnell Swett High School in North Carolina. He was a member of Community School’s Seminar class of 2009.
2) Genevieve A. made the Dean’s List her first semester at Suffolk University’s Sawyer School of Business and entered her second semester of college as a sophomore due to the credits earned in dual-enrollment classes in high school. She plans to spend next year studying in Madrid and to apply for Suffolk’s joint undergraduate/MBA program in 2011. She is also participating in an alternate spring break this year, volunteering for Habitat in Colorado. Her mother, Maria, notes, “We owe so much of her success to the lessons she learned at Community School.” Genevieve was a member of the CS Seminar class of 2005.
November 3, 2009
From Ruby B.: I thought I'd let you know what my brother William and I are up to these days. I'm a junior at Duke now, majoring in linguistics, minoring in Arabic and getting a certificate in early childhood studies. I spent a part of my summer doing "Duke in Greece" and taking philosophy, and right now I'm doing two internships at two different schools and having fun playing with little kids. William (Buddy) just started his freshman year at the University of Alabama; he's on the pre-med route and thinking about majoring in Biology or Human Development. I randomly stumbled upon the website today, so I thought I'd send you an update. I miss you guys!! (Ruby attended CS for three years for middle school, Seminar Class of 2003, and William for three years in elementary and middle school before their family moved out of state.)
1) Laura S. graduated from University of Virginia in 2007 with high distinction in psychology. She then worked for two years at the University of Pennsylvania doing research on addiction treatment. This fall, she started a Ph.D. program in clinical psychology at Temple University in Philadelphia to study anxiety.
2) Lucy S. graduated in May 2009 from Yale, where she played rugby and double majored in economics and East Asian studies. She studied Chinese for four years, including a summer spent on a fellowship at Harvard-Beijing Academy in Beijing. At Yale, she won the prize for the best senior paper in East Asian Studies. Over summers and during the school year, she worked in New Haven at Yale's Center for Environmental Law and Policy, analyzing China's progress on various environmental fronts. She just moved to Boston and is working in Cambridge for a consulting company that does research for the EPA.
3) Nell S. is currently a junior at the University of Pennsylvania, majoring in economics and spending the fall semester in Cape Town, South Africa. She has also visited Swaziland and Mozambique. Last year, she spent the summer at a Penn language program in Buenos Aires.
[Laura attended CS for six years (Seminar class of 1998), Lucy for seven years, and Nell for five years before their family moved out of the Roanoke area. Their parents, Mariana and Alan, currently reside in Philadelphia.]
October 6, 2009
Congratulations to Jared S. who was recently chosen as Rookie of the Year (best new poet) at the 2009 National Poetry Slam competition in West Palm Beach. About 68 teams of 5 to 6 members each competed. Jared’s team, Urbana Slam, was from New York City. He will head to Berkeley, California, this week to perform in the Individual World Poetry Slam. Jared currently lives in New York City where he pursues his passion for performance poetry while trying to break into the theater/dance/performance world in sound support and sound design. He attended CS for 8 years (Seminar class of 2000). Hear a July 2009 podcast featuring Jared on Indiefeed Poetry at http://castroller.com/podcasts/IndiefeedPerformance/1153371.
June 2, 2009
1) Genevieve A. is graduating from Cave Spring High School and will be attending Suffolk University in Boston this fall. She was awarded a Dean’s Merit Scholarship and was admitted into the Griffin Honor Society, the flagship honors and scholarship program at the Sawyer School of Management. Genevieve plans to study at Suffolk’s campus in Madrid, Spain, for one to two years and to major in international business. She attended CS for four years (Seminar class of 2005).
2) Beth F. just completed a B.F.A. with a concentration in screenwriting from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. She plans to continue her education by studying to become a Spanish to English translator. Beth attended CS for nine years (Seminar class of 2001).
May 26, 2009
1) An addition to the update on Rose H. from May 12: Rose will be attending Roanoke College on a choral scholarship this fall.
2) Stephen R. is attending the Weill Medical College of Cornell University and working on a joint research project involving brain tumors in infants. He has co-authored published research from two previous projects. Stephen is considering specializing in pediatric neurology and neurosurgery. Stephen attended CS for eight years from preschool through middle school.
3) Kate T. just graduated from The University of Virginia with a degree in Spanish. She will be attending graduate school at Columbia University this fall to study bi-lingual speech language pathology. Her goal is to be a speech therapist working with bi-lingual individuals. Last year Kate spent the summer studying in Spain. She attended CS for eight years in elementary and middle school (Seminar class of 2001).
4) Hannah T. just graduated from Christopher Newport University with honors and a degree in psychology. She will continue in a graduate program at Christopher Newport this fall to pursue a master’s degree in teaching. She plans to teach at the elementary level. Hannah attended CS for eight years in elementary and middle school (Seminar class of 2001).
5) Zac T. will be attending Cornell College in Iowa this fall. He graduated from Community High in 2008, but deferred college for one year. He was also accepted at Clark University, Knox College, and Washington College. Zac attended CS for eleven years from preschool through middle school (Seminar class of 2000).
6) Adam T. is living and working in Charleston, South Carolina, with another CS alumnus, Clark H. Adam graduated from Virginia Tech a couple years ago with a degree in hospitality management. He is currently considering graduate school options. Adam attended CS for eight years in elementary and middle school (Seminar class of 1998).
7) Callie T. graduated from Vanderbilt University with a degree in cognitive studies and a minor in gender studies and English. This summer she will begin the M.F.A. program in children’s literature at Hollins University. Callie attended CS for six years in elementary and middle school.
8) Levin T. is graduating from high school and will be attending the School of Visual Art in New York City this fall. He will be in the Visual and Critical Studies Program, which combines studio art (his area is photography) with history, philosophy, and theory. Levin attended CS for seven years from preschool to middle school.
May 19, 2009
1) Kate B. is graduating from Cave Spring High School and will attend her first choice school, The College of Charleston, on an academic scholarship this fall. She plans to major in political science with a minor, or possibly a second major, in Spanish. Kate attended CS for four years in elementary and middle school.
2) Alex L. is graduating from Carleton College where he majored in classical languages with a concentration in chemistry. After graduation in June, he is heading straight to Athens, Greece, to attend a summer program at the American School of Classical Studies, followed by a trip to Istanbul. This fall, he will be teaching at Community High and taking classes to finish his pre-med curriculum prior to applying to medical school. Last year, Alex spent a semester in a pre-med program in Copenhagen, Denmark, where he worked alongside Danish doctors. Alex attended CS for over nine years from preschool through middle school (Seminar Class of 2001).
3) Molly R. is graduating from Cave Spring High School and will attend James Madison University, where she was accepted under the early admission program. She plans to major in math. (Thank you Linda R. for being her inspiration!) While attending Cave Spring, Molly was a member of the track team, Spanish National Honors Club, and the Beta Club. Molly attended CS for four years in middle school (Seminar class of 2005).
4) Liz S. is graduating from Northside High School and will attend the University of South Carolina this fall. She plans to study fashion design. Liz attended CS for five years in elementary and middle school (Seminar class of 2005) and CHS for two years.
5) Rain Y. has just returned from Madrid, Spain, where she completed a two-year program though the University of St. Louis. She will be attending the University of Mary Washington this fall to complete her degree in anthropology, with a minor in Spanish. Rain attended CS and CHS for over thirteen years, from preschool through high school (CHS class of 2007).
May 12, 2009
1) Jeff A. is graduating from Lord Botetourt High School and will attend Longwood University this fall. He was accepted early decision into the Cornier Honors College at Longwood with a substantial tuition scholarship. He plans to double major in math and computer science, though he is also considering a major in physics with a pre-engineering focus. Jeff has attended the Governor’s School of Math and Science for the past three years. He attended CS for 6 years in elementary and middle school (Seminar class of 2005).
2) Erin C. is graduating from Community High and will attend Goucher College next fall on a tuition exchange scholarship. She was also accepted at four other colleges and universities and was offered two additional tuition exchange scholarships. She has not chosen a major field of study yet, but is considering English, history, or international studies. Erin attended CS from kindergarten through middle school (Seminar class of 2005).
3) Graham E. is graduating from Community High. He is deferring full-time college enrollment for the fall in order to pursue an internship in forestry while taking classes part time at local colleges through a CHS partnership. He plans to enroll in college full time in the spring to pursue a degree in forestry. Graham attended CS from kindergarten through middle school (Seminar class of 2005).
4) Margeau G. is graduating from Community High and will attend Virginia Commonwealth University this fall. Margeau attended CS for her Seminar year (2005).
5) Rose H. is graduating from Salem High and will attend Roanoke College next fall. She plans to major in political science, with a concentration in gender and women’s studies. Upon graduation this summer, she will spend a month traveling in Europe. Rose emails that “it is very hard to believe that it has been five years since I was last a student at Community School. I miss you all very much, and am so grateful for the educational and life experiences that I gained by attending your school.” Rose attended CS for 6 years in elementary and middle school.
6) Hollyn K. is graduating from Community High and will attend Christopher Newport University this fall. She was also accepted at Dickinson College. Hollyn attended CS for 5 years in elementary and middle school (Seminar class of 2005).
March 24, 2009
Molly K. came by to visit last week. She is currently a preschool teacher at a private school in New York City. She graduated from NYU and is applying to graduate programs to pursue a master’s in special education. Molly’s brother Webb K. is an attorney at Woods, Rogers here in Roanoke. Her brother Grayson K. graduated from Wake Forest and is now pursuing a M.B.A. at Boston College. All three attended CS for elementary school in the 1980’s and 1990’s.
November 11, 2008
Congratulations to Max B. who received a full Military Scholarship to medical school and was commissioned into the Army in August as a 2nd Lieutenant. He is currently attending Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine where he maintains a 4.0 grade average. He attended CS for 8 years in elementary and middle school (Seminar class of 1999).
September 30, 2008
1) Jason C. (CS Seminar Class of 1994 and Extended Studies student) came by to visit CS last year. After leaving CS, Jason got his private pilot’s license, a dream from the age of about 5 years old. He has worked for the Church of Scientology since leaving Roanoke, starting out in New York City and now in Los Angeles. He helps manage the Churches at the International level. He has been married for nine years.
2) His brother Justin C. (CS Seminar Class of 1996) lives in Roanoke and is a manager at Circuit City.
3) His other brother Nathan C., who attended CS for elementary and part of middle school, lives in Washington, D.C., and works at the National Arboretum. He attended Virginia Tech and graduated with a degree in landscaping.
September 23, 2008
CS alumna Meghan W. was featured in the August 25 issue of the Blue Ridge Business Journal as a member of their “2008 20 Under 40” list. According to the BRBJ, these young professionals are our future regional leaders, demonstrating both promise and early success. At age 24, Meghan’s impressive resume already includes a position as the Economic Development Director for the City of Waynesboro and numerous academic awards and honors while at the College of William and Mary, from which she graduated in 2004 at the age of 20. Meghan attended CS for all of her elementary and middle school years (Seminar Class of 1997) and for part of her high school years as an Extended Studies Student.
May 27, 2008
1) Congratulations to Rose H. who was
accepted in the Governor’s School for Performing Arts this
summer. Rose is a rising senior at Salem High School. She
attended C.S. for six years in elementary and middle school.
2) Congratulations to the following members of the Seminar
class of 2000 who recently graduated from college:
Corrie W. (University of Virginia with honors and a
double major in English and anthropology), Abby T.
(University of Vermont – Burlington with a degree in theater),
Jared S.(James Madison University).