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 Students Selected to 78th Round Table

Sixteen seniors have been selected to the school’s 78th Round Table. According to retired English and history instructor Bill Cushman ’59, the Round Table was founded in the fall of 1942 by Headmaster Herb Barks, Sr., English instructor Jim Hitt, and Latin instructor James A. Pennington, who distinguished himself as its leader and deserves the credit for the Round Table reaching the stature that it has enjoyed for decades as one of Baylor’s highest honors. Round Table members for 2019-20 are (front row, left to right) Leah Kessler, (president); Zoe Ubamadu, Max Montague, Thomas Nimon, Ridley Browder, (secretary); Ben Sparkman, and Sophie Workinger; (back row) Sarah Rutledge, Anika Iqbal, Grace Bostock, Maggie Clark, Gabriella Lemus, Rachel Kleban, Maggie Kerley, Charlotte Wang, and Maddy Toledano, (vice president). English instructor Heather Ott serves as the group’s faculty adviser.

Honor Council Members Elected

In May 1916, the Baylor student body unanimously adopted the Honor Code and established the Honor Council. Members of Baylor’s 104th Honor Council, pictured above, are (front row, left to right) seniors Gracen Ford, Ridley Browder (secretary), Connor Duffy (chair), Lea Hunter (vice chair), and Leah Kessler; (second row) juniors Eli Bowen, Ashleigh Huang, Frances Brantley, and Emrick Garrett; (third row) freshman Shiloh Chamberlain, sophomore Spratt Allison, freshman Jeb Martin, and sophomores Angeli Romero and Brett Cooper.

Student Leadership Board Members Named

Congratulations to the 2019-20 Student Leadership Board members that include (front row, left to right) seniors Maddy Tindall, Grace Bostock, Kate King, Claire Austin, Rachel Kleban, and Lauren Hill; (second row) juniors Sam Christensen, Barry Yang, Haley Rice, Sierra Haberhern, Felipe Freitas, and Lydia Bohannon; (back row) sophomore Caleb Nunes; freshman Nora Redding; sophomores Maya Wiisanen, Couriyah Stegall, Caroline Renegar, and Georgia Wilson; and freshman Marguerite Pippenger.

Nine Seniors Earn National Merit Honors

Nine Baylor seniors have been named award winners in the 65th National Merit Scholarship Program by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC).

Thomas Nimon (pictured above, back row, far right) has been named a semifinalist, joining an elite group of over 80 Baylor students named National Merit semifinalists since 2007. Nimon was chosen based on his performance as a junior on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) that placed him among the 16,000 highest scorers nationwide of the 1.6 million students who took the test. Nimon will have the opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million that will be offered next spring.

In addition, eight Baylor seniors have been named NMSC Commended Students. Pictured above (front row, left to right) are Jade Liu, Sarah Rutledge, Mary Ma, Maddy Toledano; (back row) Kenny Zheng, Carson Brinn, Rex Zhu, and Connor Duffy, all of whom placed among the top 34,000 scorers throughout the U.S. and were recognized for their exceptional academic promise.

Baylor Players Present Pride and Prejudice Adaptation

Forty Baylor students made up the cast and crew of the Baylor Players’ fall production of Pride and Prejudice, a fast-paced and lively adaptation of Jane Austen’s classic story. The production featured seniors Elizabeth Van Deusen as Elizabeth Bennet and Nick Skonberg as Darcy. Seniors Charlotte Wang and Samara Crouse, sophomore Kara Anne Smith, and freshman Amanda Chen as her four sisters. Junior Elisabeth Lau starred as Miss Bennet’s match-making mother, and senior Sam Lustig, junior Steven Yao, and sophomore Ezra Marler appeared as an array of questionable suitors.

Vervé Presents Emerging Choreographers Showcase

Baylor dancers (pictured left to right) Maxime Werk ’20, Mary Alex Bachus ’21, Zoe Ubamadu ’20, Kendyl Baker ’22, Georgia Wilson ’22, and Melissa Armstrong ’22 performed choreography by guest artist Louis Marin-Howard at Chattanooga Dances! at the Center for Creative Arts in October. Chattanooga Dances! features the Chattanooga area’s non-profit dance companies and schools with full-time dance programs.

Baylor dance troupe Vervé presented its annual Emerging Choreographers Showcase in November, featuring choreography by students Bachus, Baker, Ubamadu, and Werk. The show also featured performances by the Baylor Dance Collective and the Upper School Choreography and Dance Studies class.

Baylor Choir News

(Left) Seven Upper School students participated in the Fall 2019 East Tennessee Vocal Association All-East Honor Choir. Pictured above are (front row, left to right) seniors Samara Crouse and Charlotte Wang; juniors Creighton Arrington and Dana Mays; (back row) freshmen Alexander Moyer, Shriyaa Srihari, and Meg Trammell.

(Right) Six Middle School students were part of the All-East Honor Choir. Pictured above are (left to right) eighth graders Gabe Daugherty, Pierce Grantham, and Abigail Teruya and seventh graders Katie Eller, Julia Gardner, and Bruna Monteiro.

Susan Miller Retires After 33 Years

Administrative assistant Susan Miller retired in November after serving the school for more than 33 years in multiple roles.

Her Baylor career began in 1986 in the development office where she served as the director of the annual fund for seven years and the director of parent and special programs for four more.

In 1997, she was appointed administrative assistant to assistant head of school Ned Murray ’79, and she continued in that role for assistant heads Michael McBrien and Shaw Wilson ’84. In addition to covering a myriad of behind-the-scenes tasks and responsibilities that kept Baylor running like clockwork, her constant warmth and welcoming presence in that office inspired students to nickname her the “hot chocolate lady,” referencing the cups of cocoa that she had ready on dreary winter days. In 2014, she transferred to a part-time administrative assistant position in the counseling office.

Perhaps Upper School dean of students Sharon Wang sums up Miller’s years at Baylor best. In a 2016 convocation speech, Wang described Miller as her personal hero and an individual of many talents. “Over the years, she has held many important positions at Baylor in many different areas. Besides the duties of her office, she managed an impressive array of projects…and kept many aspects of the school running smoothly for all of us – most of the time without others even being aware of what she was doing. Her mantra has always been ‘let me do that.’ Her motivation is never recognition or personal gain.”

In an email to faculty and staff, Miller stated that she considered it a blessing to work at Baylor. “The friendships and support that I have received (in sickness and in health) have meant more to me than my words can ever describe. I plan to find something to do that will be helpful to others, just as the school has been helpful to me over the years. A part of my heart will always be with Baylor.”

Miller’s daughter is Rosemary Kemp Gwin ’94.

Grounds Superintendent Lance Parker Retires

Lance Parker, Baylor’s superintendent of grounds for 22 years, announced his retirement in November.

An arborist by trade, Parker left a thriving landscaping business to take the job at Baylor where his responsibilities have ranged from preparing athletic fields to tree surgery. He has left an indelible mark on Baylor’s 690-acre campus with his care for existing landscape and the addition of some beautiful new features, culminating in the installation of grass and a new willow oak tree in the recently renovated Bullard Family Quadrangle in the heart of Baylor’s campus. During his career, Parker also became the de facto caretaker of wildlife on the campus, from Canada geese to wild deer, and has been the resident ornithologist for years.

His presence at Baylor football games, holding court on the bench in the west end of Heywood Stadium, makes it clear that his love for the campus has spilled over into a love for the school. “It never once bothered me to come to work,” Parker told Baylor magazine in 2014. “And it seems like I just got started.”

Baylor Welcomes New Faculty

Baylor welcomed 12 new faculty members joining the ranks for the 2019-20 school year. Pictured above are (front row, left to right) Courtney Oliva, Upper School science, softball, and residential life; Lauren Maxwell, Upper School math; Rachelle Parman, Upper School health and wellness; Mae Weiss, Middle School and Upper School fine arts; Lizzie Corey Gendimenico ’06, Middle School counseling; (back row) Jonathan Marrow, Middle School history and squash; Henry Blue, Middle School Learning Center, wrestling, and lacrosse; Tyler White, admission and lacrosse; James Scott ’00, Upper School history and wrestling; Nader Mohyuddin, Upper School math; Darrell Wyke, admission and community service; and Austin Williams, Middle School history, community service, and residential life.

Three Selected as Endowed Faculty Chairs

Baylor faculty members Ruth Ann Graham (left), Bill Cox (center), and Lorraine Stewart (right) have been selected as endowed faculty chairs. Each chair comes with an annual stipend as well as additional funds for professional development. They will each receive a medallion to be worn at graduation and other school ceremonies and will retain the medal and the chair title for the remainder of their tenure at Baylor.

Cox, part of the Baylor faculty since 1981 as a history instructor and in several roles in the athletic department, was chosen for the Van Deusen Chair, named for retired drama instructor and wrestling coach, Schaack Van Deusen ’61. Former recipients include Tim Laramore ’99 and Kristin Vines.

Graham, a French instructor since 2011 and chair of the world languages department, is the recipient of the Cartter Lupton Chair. Dr. Dan Kennedy, who retired last June, was the only faculty member to be named a Cartter Lupton Chair prior to Graham.

Stewart has served on the Baylor Middle School faculty and in the residential life program since 1989 and is the recipient of the Glen and Mallie Ireland Chair. Former recipients of the Ireland Chair include Joli Anderson, Betsy Carmichael, Floyd Celapino, Amy Cohen, David Conwell, Joe Gawrys, Perry Key ’81, Jean Lau, Park Lockrow, Judy Millener, Vic Oakes, Heather Ott, Jim Stover, Chris Watkins, and Marti Wayland.

2019 Barks-Guerry Global Studies Grant Recipients

The Barks-Guerry Global Studies Grant program allowed four Baylor faculty members to enjoy enriching travel experiences in the summer of 2019.

Named in honor of former headmaster Herb Barks ’51 and trustee emeritus Zan Guerry ’67, the grants allow selected faculty members to study abroad with a 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 2019 awards went to the following faculty members:

Jennifer Clemmer ’07, science instructor, biked from the Netherlands to Italy (see pictures above).
Dr. Carin Smith, AP European History instructor, visited key heritage sites in the UK, France, and Italy.
Chris Watkins, English instructor, completed a course on Irish and British modernism at the University of Edinburgh and toured Macbeth sites in Scotland.
Kelly Eller, math instructor, attended an international math conference in Greece and took a geometry-based tour of Greek heritage sites.

Mr. “E” Does the AT!

It took 31 years and spanned four decades, but Baylor faculty member, coach, dorm parent, and outdoor enthusiast Kurt Emmanuele completed his quest to hike the entire Appalachian Trail last summer.

In 1988 Emmanuele traveled to Georgia and hiked his first 10-mile segment of the Appalachian Trail, from Neels Gap to Woody Gap, never thinking about completing the full 2,181-mile trek one day. For approximately 30 years, he would complete other sections as his schedule permitted and diligently record them in his AT data book. “I started thinking it would be nice to do all of Georgia. Then I thought I could do all of it in the Smokies,” he remembers. “Once I had done all of Virginia, which is about 560 miles just in that state, that’s when I thought I might as well do the whole thing.”

He finished his final 170 miles this summer, hiking in Massachusetts and Connecticut before exiting the trail in Vermont on June 27, 2019. Mark Pendergrass ’01 (pictured above), who lives in Vermont and has stayed in touch with Emmanuele over the years, met him on the trail and accompanied him on the final mile.

Laramore Selected for Conrow Miller Award

Tim Laramore ’99 (center), was selected as the winner of the 2019 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 Elin Bunch ’09 (right) and Allen Cox ’09 (left). Laramore came to Baylor in 2006 as an English instructor and Walkabout leader.

Three Recognized for 35 Years of Service

At assembly on Sept. 20, Baylor’s Dean of Faculty William Montgomery ’92 honored members of the faculty and staff completing five to 35 years of service anniversaries, including (left to right) Spanish instructor Kenneth Parks, assistant to the director of the physical plant Linda Steele, and research librarian Carl Owens ’74.

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