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Students Selected to 77th Round Table

Fifteen Baylor seniors have been selected for the school’s 77th Round Table. Founded in 1942, the prestigious literary discussion group emphasizes independent thought and lively debate. Selection to Round Table is among Baylor’s highest honors. Round Table members for 2018-19 are (back row, left to right): Kristopher Kennedy (president), Lily Zabel, Wiley Pippenger, Olivia Bettis, Miles Kadrie, (middle row) Kate Padilla, Izzy Boyd, Andrew Pace, Jeremy Brien, Sophie Wisenbaker (vice-president), (front row) Dawson Brown, Charlsey Newman, Sydney Sutherland, Jenna Azzouz, and Elizabeth Hayslett (secretary). English instructor Heather Ott serves as the group’s faculty adviser.

Honor Council Members Elected

In May of 1916, the Baylor student body unanimously adopted the Honor Code and established the Honor Council. Members of Baylor’s 103rd Honor Council, pictured above are (front row, left to right) seniors Brinley Garrison, Kristopher Kennedy (vice chair), Olivia Bettis (secretary), Alex Robinson (chair), and Jonyca Jiao; (second row) juniors Connor Duffy, Ridley Browder, Lea Hunter, and Leah Kessler; (back row) freshmen Brett Cooper and Couriyah Stegall; and sophomores Emrick Garrett, Frances Brantley, and Erica Wu.

Student Leadership Board Members Named

Congratulations to the 2018-19 Student Leadership Board members that include (front row, left to right) seniors Maddie Reap, Merrit Newton, Willa Pitts, Franny Pettway, Dillan Desai, and Liz Li, (second row) juniors Saad Mohammad, Kate King, Rachel Kleban, Claire Austin, Lauren Hill, and Christian Martin, (back row) sophomores Steven Yao, Barry Yang, Olivia Joyner, and Haley Rice; and freshmen Spratt Allison, and Kendyl Baker. Not pictured are seniors Wiley Pippenger and Genna Baker and sophomore Starr Hinton.

Twelve Seniors Earn National Merit Honors

Baylor seniors (pictured above left, left to right) Jack Holcombe, Jackson Collette, Lingham “Isabella” Kong, and Ryker von Klar have been named semifinalists in the 64th National Merit Scholarship Program by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

The students were chosen based on their performance, as juniors, on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) and are among the 16,000 highest scorers nationwide of the 1.6 million students who took the test, which evaluates critical reading, math, and writing skills. These academically talented students will have the opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million that will be offered next spring.

In addition, eight Baylor seniors have been named NMSC Commended Students. Earning this honor are (pictured above right, left to right) Greyson Linderman, Lexie Edwards, Olivia Bettis, Lily Zabel, Elizabeth Hayslett, Miles Kadrie, (not pictured) Jeremy Brien, and Andrew Pace. This group placed among the top 50,000 scorers nationwide who took the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). Nationally, they join some 34,000 Commended Students throughout the U.S. who are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise.

Ryker von Klar Earns Perfect ACT Score

Baylor senior Ryker von Klar earned a perfect score of 36 on the ACT, one of the entrance exams used by colleges and universities to make admissions decisions. The ACT is a measure of a high school student’s readiness for college and provides colleges with one common data point that can be used to compare applicants. Only 0.136%, fewer than 14 out of 10,000 students taking the ACT, make a 36.


Baylor Players Present The Government Inspector

The Baylor Players presented The Government Inspector, a hilarious Russian farce adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher from the original play by Nikolai Gogol, for their fall production. The cast and crew included over 60 Baylor students. Baylor Fine Arts Chair Beth Gumnick di­rected the production and, technical director Garrett Walsh, along with his wife, Emily, supervised set design, tech crew, and costuming.

Baylor Dance Presents Emerging Choreographers

Baylor Dance presented the annual Emerging Choreography Concert in November, a program dedicated to presenting original work by emerging and student choreographers. Seniors Liz Li and Cecilia Rodriguez, junior Macie Lane, and sophomore Emma Sofia Griffin presented original pieces that were adjudicated by outside dance professionals who give constructive feedback to the choreographers. The students with the highest marks will have their pieces included in the annual Vervé concert Jan. 30-Feb. 2. Other highlights included the Baylor Dance Collective featuring alumni dancers, pieces by the choreographic studies arts elective class taught by Elizabeth Roemer ’05, a tap piece by seniors Lily Zabel and Cecilia Rodriguez, and a piece by Brie Timmons ’12 titled Voiceless.

Twelve Earn Spots in All-East Honor Choirs

Twelve Concert Choir members earned spots, by competitive audition, in the East Tennessee Vocal Association All-East Honor Choirs and represented Baylor at the ETVA honors event at Maryville College in November. Seated, left to right, are seniors Lexie Edwards, Erik Fong, Riley Grove, Charlie Smith, and junior Charlotte Wang. Standing, left to right, are sophomores Creighton Arrington, Patrick Stultz, Dana Mays and freshmen Kara Anne Smith, Sharnima Jones, Hunter Herndon, and Owen Seymour.

In addition, Wang attended the High School Composition Intensive (HSCI) at the Boston Conservatory at the Berklee College of Music this summer, composing pieces for string quartet, wind trio, and piano. As part of the HSCI, her string quartet work, Eerie, was performed by a professional Boston chamber ensemble. One of Wang’s choral works, A Gust of Wind, will be premiered by the Baylor Concert Choir in the spring.

Baylor juniors Maxime Werk and Sophie Workinger (pictured left to right with dance instructor Cathy Pettway) performed in “Silver: The Dance of Aging” concert and fundraiser for Morning Pointe of Chattanooga, which assists families and patients suffering from the effects of dementia and Alzheimer’s. Along with the Kentucky Ballet, Tennessee Ballet, and Chattanooga Ballet, the dancers performed a piece of choreography to spread awareness about Alzheimer’s.

Seventh grader Gabe Daugherty (left) was a featured soloist in the Lee University Chorale’s performance of Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms in October. Eighth grader Alexander Moyer (right) was chosen by audition to the inaugural Tennessee Junior High Honor Choir in Murfreesboro.

Members of the 2018-19 Eighth Grade Literary Society have been announced. New members are (front row, left to right) Owen McDaniel, Charlie Cushman, Sidney Kiner, Catherine Campbell, Evelyn Stein, Ally Creswell, (back row) Amy Cohen, faculty sponsor; Spencer Chinery, Jack Tipps, Timothy George, Abby Todd, Sophia Baleeiro, and Lauren Callihan, Library Director.

Middle School students collected over 1,300 pounds of frozen turkeys for the Chattanooga Area Food Bank in the 16th annual Turkey Train in November. The turkeys are distributed to needy families over the holidays. The event is organized by the sixth-grade adviser group of English instructor Amy Cohen. Pictured with a Food Bank representative are (back row, left to right) Luke Waldrep, Gabriel Costilow, Reed Martin, Mercer Murphy, (front row) Lane Cooper, Ivey Vance, Maddie Winchester, Frances Eischeid, Ava Gallien, Betsy Williams, Maelynn Adams-Cook, and Boo Mathews.

Baylor Welcomes New Faculty

A new group of faculty and administrators have joined the Baylor School community for the 2018-19 academic year. Pictured are (front row, left to right) Markley Anderson, Upper School counselor and dorm parent; Allison Cheeseman, teaching fellow in the English and social studies departments; Becky Williams, Middle School counselor; Jenn Lindsay, head of the Middle School; and Shane Turner, history instructor and wrestling coach; (second row) Mike Kelly, applied humanities librarian; Neil Hetrick, German instructor and Middle School global education coordinator; Regan Phillips, English instructor; Elia Hennings, laboratory technician; Lorraine Byerley, Spanish instructor; Sally Willingham Ratterman ’04, counseling center assistant; Natalee Oldham ’10, assistant director of student life and yearbook adviser; Christine Lau ’14, music instructor; Kimberly Smith, health center director; and Margaret Harman ’14, dance instructor; (back row) David Hilley, math instructor; Jeff Gaither, English instructor and track coach; Chase Waller, humanities specialist in the Baylor Learning Center and dorm parent; Tawambi Settles, director of inclusivity, associate dean of students, and social studies instructor; Mark Price, boys’ varsity basketball coach; and Dr. Leo Seballos, physics instructor; (not pictured) Talon Stroud, science instructor.

Dr. David Conwell Selected as Ireland Chair

History instructor Dr. David Conwell was selected by his colleagues as the 2018 recipient of the Glenn Ireland II Chair for Distinguished Teaching. Ireland Chair appointments are for three years and include a stipend for each year, plus an additional $2,000 for the purchase of school-related equipment and supplies or for professional development activities beyond those provided by the school. The program was launched in 2008, and recipients include Joli Anderson, Betsy Carmichael, Floyd Celapino, Perry Key ’81, Jean Lau, Judy Millener, Vic Oakes, Heather Ott, Jim Stover, Chris Watkins, and the late Joe Gawrys. The endowed chairs were created to honor exemplary teaching and other significant contributions that support the mission of the school and are made possible by the generosity of the late Glenn Ireland ’44 and his wife, Mallie.

2018 Barks-Guerry Global Studies Grant Recipients

The Barks-Guerry Global Studies Grant program allowed four Baylor faculty members to enjoy enriching travel experiences in 2018. Named in honor of former headmaster Herb Barks ’51 and Zan Guerry ’67, the grants allow selected faculty members to study abroad with the stipulation that the travel experience “has a direct impact on classroom instruction or benefits the recipient in another of his or her roles at the school.” The 2018 awards went to

Jennifer Averbeck, Learning Center Director:Scotland and Ireland
Averil Blue, Middle School world languages instructor: Ecuador
Elizabeth Burnette, Upper School science instructor: Italy
Trey Joyner, Middle School science instructor:Egypt, India, and Indonesia (pictured with daughter, Olivia ’21, and friends, at the great pyramids)

Elin Bunch ’09 Named Community Service Director

Elin Bunch ’09 has been named director of Baylor’s Community Service program. Bunch attended Vanderbilt University as an Ingram and Peabody Scholar and received her bachelor of arts degree in 2013 in child studies and social studies. In 2015, she earned her master’s in teaching and special education from National Louis University in Chicago. Bunch worked in the Chicago public schools through Teach for America as a special education teacher and as a college and career readiness director. Joli Anderson remains involved with the program as the assistant director.

Suzanne Collins Named English Department Chair

Middle School English instructor Suzanne Collins has been named chair of the English department. Collins joined Baylor in 2009 as a Middle School English instructor, has served as a Middle School subject team leader and grade team leader, and has worked on numerous committees. Prior to joining the Baylor faculty, she taught middle school English and coached middle school track for two years at Chattanooga Christian School. She earned a bachelor of arts degree in English from Samford University and a master of arts degree in English from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

During the 2018-19 school year, Baylor School Choral Director Vincent Oakes will conduct the Mississippi ACDA Male Vocal Symposium, the Tennessee Mid-State 10th-12th grade Honor Choir, the Piedmont Invitational Children’s Choir Festival in North Carolina, and the Dalton City Schools Choral Festival in Georgia.

Floyd Celapino Selected for Conrow Miller Award

Veteran history and Latin teacher Floyd Celapino, in his 41st year on the Baylor faculty, was selected as the winner of the 2018 Conrow Miller Award. The award is given by vote of class members celebrating their 10-year reunion to the faculty member they feel most influenced their Baylor experience. The award was presented at a November assembly by Justin Knight (left), a member of the class of 2008. Celapino joined the Baylor faculty in 1978. Dr. Conrow Miller came to Baylor in 1941 as a drama director and instructor in the junior school. He retired in 1968.

Sam Bankston Named Middle School Administrative Assistant

Sam Bankston has been appointed Middle School administrative assistant replacing Teresa McDowell, who retired in December after 27 years in that role. Bankston has most recently served as the testing coordinator for the Upper School, overseeing the coordination of standardized testing. She is a veteran PTA volunteer with leadership roles within the Normal Park PTA and has held numerous management roles that include director of Training with Valued Services, training consultant with CIGNA Healthcare, and senior trainer with Unum. She has a bachelor of arts degree in psychology from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. She is married to Jody Bankston ’85, and they have two daughters, May ’22 and Josey, who is a fifth grader at Normal Park Elementary School.

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