Faculty & Student News

  • 2015 Leadership Trips Challenge Students

    The following leadership experiences are fully funded trips that provide the opportunity for self-discovery in a challenging environment.

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    DAVID M. ABSHIRE CIVIC LEADERSHIP TRIP Nine rising seniors were selected to travel to Washington, D.C., this summer on the David M. Abshire Civic Leadership trip for an intensive eight-day experiential course of study on National leadership, ethics, honor, and service. The program was created in partnership with Center for the Study of the Presidency and the late Dr. David Abshire ’44, who served as president and CEO of that organization. Pictured (left to right) are Grace Carlson, Jordan Brinn, Joe Julian, John Carlson, Florian Kirschenbauer, Anders Pokela, Parker Catlett, Kylie Lee, Hannah Kleban, Anna Barot, and Owen Bettis.

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    JAMAICA SERVANT LEADERSHIP TRIP The 2015 Jamaica Servant Leadership Trip participants were (front row, left to right) juniors Natalie Becker and Ansley McWilliams; seniors Kathryn Cash, Caroline Combs, Natalie Javadi, Caroline Wolf, and Erin Blalock; Kaki Voges, a junior; seniors Kate Probasco and James Atkins; and trip leaders (back row) Laurie Millener ’09, Yogi Anderson, and community service director, Joli Anderson. The group loaded more than 1,000 pounds of school supplies and headed to Kingston, where they worked in the squatter community of Ferry, orphanages, the Home for the Aged, and primary schools. This is the 18th year that Baylor students have made the trip.


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    Joe “Sarge” Key Award Winners

    Rising seniors (left to right) Ansley McWilliams, Grace Carlson, Jon Do, Yuda He, Maggie Pierce, Amelia Moore, Florian Kirchenbauer, Owen Bettis, Joe Julian, Erika Lopez-Durel, Jazmin Simpkins, and Kaki Voges have been selected for the Joe Key Award, a trip that recognizes selfless character and involves seven days of sea-kayaking, hiking, and camping on the islands in Acadia National Park this July. The trip honors the late Joe Key, who worked at Baylor from 1961 to 1988 as a military instructor and study hall supervisor and was affectionately known as “Sarge.” The trip rewards students of admirable character whose selfless efforts might otherwise go unrecognized by the school or their peers. Trip guides are Bett Adams ’02, Ashlee Osteen ’00, Tim Laramore ’99, and Tim Williams.

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    Nine seniors were selected for the spring break Walkabout trip to Sikkim, North India, and to the sacred Hindu city, Varanasi. The trip included homestays with Tibetan families, kayaking in the foothills of the Himalayas, and religious and cultural studies on the banks of the Ganges River. Guides for the trip were student activities director Ashlee O’Steen ’00, English instructor Tim Laramore ’99, and Walkabout Director Tim Williams. Pictured (front row left to right) at the Likkir House, a Tibetan guest house in New Delhi, are Jennie Kwon, Emily Culp, Sean Zhang, and Liam Pinson (back row) Ansley Murphy, Carley Somers, Gage Taylor, Sam Crowell, and Aaron Thomas.

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    Baylor Players Present “The Music Man”

    The Baylor Players’ spring production of “The Music Man,” included a cast of 38 students, 18 tech crew members, the Baylor orchestra, and eight faculty members who worked behind the scenes as directors, designers, and choreographers. Pictured are seniors Tommy McFarland and Ashley Maum.

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    Vervé Annual Winter Concert Benefits Taraloka Foundation

    Baylor’s dance troupe, Vervé, presented its annual winter concert in January, a tradition that began over 20 years ago. The show features student choreography chosen at an adjudicated concert in November, complete with exciting lighting and costume changes. This year’s concert also benefitted the Taraloka Foundation, which creates opportunities for Himalayan children by providing education, healthcare, and a safe refuge. Pictured from left to right are junior Bella Long, seniors Abigail Boyer, Kylie McCardel (partially), and Tracy Jiao. (photo by David Andrews)

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    Seven Students Compete in Senior Clinic

    Seven students qualified to participate in the East Tennessee Senior Band and Orchestra Clinic in Gatlinburg. Pictured (front row, left to right) are freshman Sophie Shea (bassoon), sophomore Chapin Montague (trumpet), freshman Sophia Guan (violin), and senior Lucie Choi (violin); (back row) sophomores Michael Shi (alto saxophone), Joe Julian (clarinet), and senior Joey Sun (bass clarinet). Choi also qualified to play with the All-State Orchestra at the Tennessee Music Education Association Festival in Memphis.

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    Students Exhibit at “Palate 2 Palette”

    Freshman Eric Wu and senior Katie Lee won Honorable Mention for their entries in the “Palate 2 Palette” art celebration in downtown Chattanooga. Other students exhibiting were juniors Brandon Johnson and Dustin Johnson and seniors Mimi Allison, Ie Jin Choi, Courtney Clark, Caroline Duggan, Sydney Gautier, Laura Beth Hellerstedt, Hunter Holland, Jennie Kwon, Alex Sumida, and Grace Whitaker. Pictured are (front row, left to right) seniors Bri Kyzer and Lucie Tao; (back row) art instructor Betsy Carmichael, Eric Wu, Laura Beth Hellerstedt, Caroline Duggan, Courtney Clark, and Grace Whitaker.

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    Model UN/Student Congress Compete in YMCA Conference

    The Middle School Model UN/Student Congress team participated in the YMCA Youth in Government conference in March. Sixth graders Kistler Hampton, Luiz Campos, Ethan Nunes, Luke Courdin, Paige Ryan, Ellie Tomisek, Chloe Crooks, Julia Flack, and Ellie Waldrep were awarded Outstanding Bill in the Senate and House of Representatives. Campos, Ellie Tomisek, Flack, Gracie Tomisek, and Frances Brantley won Best Delegate awards for their outstanding performances throughout the entire conference in the House and Senate. Additional Baylor delegates included sixth graders Colby Watson, Trey Smith, Joseph Smith, Raegyn Conley, Rosa Anderson-Barrera, Lydia Bohannon, Lauren Yim, Brooke Romanchik, and Rhiannon von Klar; seventh graders Maddy Toledano, Sophie Workinger; Sixth grade English and Literacy Strategies instructor Olivia Foster served as faculty advisor for the group.

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    Awards Day 2015

    Baylor conducted the annual Awards Day ceremonies on May 18 in Alumni Chapel. Award winners, selected by the faculty and the students, were honored at the event. Read the special Awards Day issue of the Baylor Notes for more information.

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    Baylor School Says Goodbye to Retirees

    Baylor School said goodbye in June to full-time employees (pictured left to right) Patty Watson, math instructor (14 years); Gene Etter, varsity baseball coach and computer science instructor (47 years); Alice Evans, science instructor (25 years); Milly Rawlings, head librarian (27 years); and Bob Fulton, English instructor (ten years).

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    Anderson Barrera Named World Languages Chair

    Elijah Anderson Barrera, a Baylor language instructor since 2004, has been named chair of the school’s world languages department. “Profe,” as he is known by students, has a B.A. from the University of Massachusetts and master’s degrees from Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico and Universidad de Salamanca (Spain).

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    Dallas Joseph Receives NBOA Unsung Hero Award

    Dallas Joseph, chief financial officer, recently won the Will Hancock “Unsung Hero” Award presented by the National Business Officers Association (NBOA). This national award is given annually to an independent school business officer who has made an extraordinary and significant difference in his or her school. In order to be considered for this award, a business officer must have clearly demonstrated an effective mastery of his or her job, and, more importantly, this individual must have made a significant difference in the life of the school. Dallas joined Baylor in 2000.

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    Baylor Receives “Fit Friendly” Award from American Heart Association

    Baylor was recently named a recipient of the Gold Level Fit-Friendly Worksite Award from the American Heart Association (AHA) as an employer who “goes above and beyond when it comes to the health of its employees in the areas of physical activity, nutrition, and culture.” Pictured are (left to right) Dallas Joseph, Baylor CFO, Jean Saunders of the American Heart Association, and Brenda Waddell, Baylor Human Resources Director.

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For alumni and friends of Baylor School | SUMMER 2015