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{Salem Academy}

Magazine 2009
Salem Academy
SALEM ACADEMY Magazine

Susan E. Pauly
President
Karl J. Sjolund
Head of School
Vicki Williams Sheppard C’82
Alumnae:
Online
Vice President of Institutional
Advancement

Alumnae Office

Community
Megan Ratley C’06, Director of Academy
Alumnae Relations

Published by the Office of Communications


and Public Relations In the coming months we will be implementing
Jacqueline McBride, Director
Ellen Schuette, Associate Director an online community for all Academy
Contributing Writers: Karl Sjolund,
Lucia Uldrick, Wynne Overton, alumnae to use through the school website:
Megan Ratley, Lorie Howard,
Rose Simon, Ellen Schuette and
www.salemacademy.com.
Mary Lorick Thompson After logging in with a unique username and
Designer: Carrie Leigh Dickey C’00
Photography: Alan Calhoun, Allen password, alumnae will be able to submit and
Aycock. Class reunion photos by read class notes, submit bio updates, register
Snyder Photography.
for reunion weekend and other events, as
The Salem Academy Magazine is pub- well as many other exciting things.
lished by Salem Academy, 500 East Salem
Avenue, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
27101. Please check back often and contact the Alumnae
This publication is mailed to alumnae, Office with any questions or comments!
faculty, staff, parents and friends of Salem.

Salem Academy welcomes qualified Megan Ratley C’06


students regardless of race, color, national
origin, sexual orientation, religion or dis- Salem Academy
ability to all the rights, privileges, pro- Director of Alumnae Relations
grams and activities of this institution.
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Weekend
April 23-25, 2010
On the cover: The Salem Academy
graduating class of 2009.
Commencement 2009 ............................ 4
Girls School Graduates............................. 7
Tag Room Tidings.................................... 8
DADs Meet at the Academy................... 15
New Website.......................................... 16
Celebrate International Day................... 16
Suscessful Theatrical Productions........... 17
An Update on Admissions...................... 18
Sisters Merit Scholarship Program.......... 19
Margaret Driscoll Townsend A’81........... 20
Alumnae Board Lunch........................... 21
Annual Fund News................................ 21
Alumnae News....................................... 22
Emily Cathey A’95................................. 24
Capital Campaign.................................. 25
Burkette Receives Comenius Award........ 25
Jaqui Moore Sherrill A’98....................... 26
Salem Trivia Challenge........................... 27
Amber Gruner A’08................................ 28
Reunion Photos...................................... 30
Legacy Photos........................................ 36

{Salem Academy} Magazine 2009


A Messa�e �rom the President
As I write this letter, we are the public restrooms in the Bahnson and Carolina Shaffner
celebrating the arrival of our new wings.
and returning students to Salem Even as we celebrate goals achieved, we are already
Academy. It’s an exhilarating time hard at work on year-two of the strategic plan. Just a few
of year here at Salem – full of objectives during 2009-2010 that we are addressing include
beloved traditions, new academic designing a Jan Term trip option that is service-oriented and
challenges and blossoming friend- more affordable; instituting a seated-lunch program for at
ships – and we look forward to it least one day each week in addition to the existing weekly
all summer. It’s particularly gratify- advisor luncheon; establishing an herb garden to provide
ing that we’ve seen a 9.4 percent fresh seasonings for meals served to students, faculty, staff
increase in the number of boarding and guests; and completing the initial design phase for reno-
students over last year, an exciting change that enhances vating the Shaffner and Bahnson residence halls.
the educational experience of everyone on campus. Also All of these goals have been designed with our core
exciting is that this past spring, we not only finished our values in mind. One of those values is “community.” Every
combined campaign by raising $76 million (surpassing the day, in a hundred different ways, it manifests itself at the
goal of $75 million) but also surpassed the annual-fund goal Academy. It can be heard in the dining room as students en-
for the Academy. Thank you for your incredible support of joy Miss Shirley’s chocolatey good Hello Dollies with other
this institution, and please see the insert elsewhere in this students and staff, or meet with their faculty advisors to talk
magazine for more details. about how classes are going. It is visible on the playing fields
I’m delighted to report that we accomplished many as girls pass the ball to each other in seamless synchroniza-
other important goals during 2008-2009, the first year of tion. It is in the excited voices of new students as they find
our five-year strategic plan for the Academy. We focused on out whether they are “Purple” or “Gold,” and it fills the
four different areas – fostering academic distinction; estab- classroom when a student conveys her passion for a particu-
lishing a presence as a center for women’s wellness; enhanc- lar subject through a thoughtful presentation to her peers.
ing the boarding experience; and enhancing facilities – and The sense of sisterhood is not confined to the Academy
I invite you to read more about these successes elsewhere in campus, however. It is present in the wider world, too, as our
this magazine. Here is a brief recap: students complete Jan Term internships, take courses around
To foster academic distinction, we held a very suc- the world and succeed at colleges and universities where
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cessful international day on March 18 with student pre- they become leaders and scholars. And, as always, sister-
sentations, workshops on intercultural communications hood shines through our incredible alumnae, who support
and guest speakers; dedicated a portion of our new website the Academy in so many ways and are role models for our
to global initiatives; and hosted a delegation of Chinese students.
high-school administrators to explore a future Jan Term At Salem Academy, community has never meant unifor-
exchange. To enrich the boarding experience, we expanded mity. Since our founding in 1772, each girl has brought her
the weekly e-newsletter to parents; designed a section on unique gifts to our community. But the bonds of sisterhood
the website just for parents; and modified the daily class connect everyone across differences and provide support as
schedule to include weekly advisor/advisee time. To establish each young woman takes her own intellectual life journey,
a presence as a center for women’s wellness, we conducted secure in the knowledge that her individuality will be cel-
two Academy assemblies this year on wellness issues; began ebrated and her place in the community honored.
regular group counseling and support groups to deal with
life issues for our students; and created a DADs group (Dis-
cussion Around Daughters) to help fathers better under-
stand the life of the 21st century teenaged girl. And finally,
we began a period of enhancing facilities by renovating two Dr. Susan E. Pauly
faculty/staff apartments in Emma Bahnson dormitory and
Message from the
Head of School, Karl Sjolund
There was a time when I This is a warm and caring community, but there are no paths
enjoyed retrieving my newspaper of least resistance on which to travel around here. It is a very
from the front porch every morn- different world than the one most teenagers experience.
ing. I’m afraid it hasn’t been much Rather than seeing their high school days through the so-
fun lately. For over a year now, cial lens – boyfriends, cliques, cafeteria drama – our students
about the only good financial news see their experience much more through the academic lens, as
I’ve been receiving has come from in who’s the toughest teacher, what girl is a math wiz, I have
the coupon section where I can another rewrite to do tonight, etc. We expect more from our
save 50 cents on a jar of pasta sauce girls, and they deliver.
at the local grocer. Of course, they As a result, I’m convinced they are far better prepared
jacked up the price of the whole- for college and beyond than the vast majority of high school
wheat fettuccini, so it’s basically a wash at this point. On the graduates out there. It’s not that they won’t be challenged; it’s
bright side, at least I’m not losing any ground when it comes just that they’ve also been taught to face and embrace chal-
to dinner. lenge rather than shy away from it. It is for all these reasons
When it comes to the world of investments, however, it’s that every graduation day, rather than looking ahead to the
difficult to find much in the way of good news these days. future for their first great accomplishment, our students will
Between banks, insurance companies, auto companies and be able to look back and see the really big one they’ve just put
the overall stock market, it seems that whatever appeared to in their pocket.

Every high school hands out diplomas, but

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not all high schools are created equal. – Sjolund
be a good investment a year or so ago has gone into the tank. Aristotle said, “Education is the best provision for old
And yet, regardless of how other investments are doing, I can age.” Indeed, the three things that we talk to our students
assure you that there’s one that will continue to increase in about on a regular basis – the three things they truly “own”
value: an Academy education. – are their faith, their honor and their education. When the
Every high school hands out diplomas, but not all high values of all the other assets are heading south, the invest-
schools are created equal. Graduating from Salem Academy ments they have made in these three essential areas will serve
is an extraordinary accomplishment. It takes a whole lot of as a port in any storm.
character and a very determined spirit to push through to These are the values we speak of every day at the Acad-
the end. Indeed, it’s something that does not come easily to emy, which is why I believe our families can pat themselves on
anyone, because it means accepting a more challenging work- the back when it comes to investing in their daughter’s educa-
load in a culture that often seeks the path of least resistance. tion. This one is sure to pay off!
Commencement 2009
was a National Merit finalist; a member of the National
Honor Society; and a participant in Mu Alpha Theta, the
Mathematics face-off team, French honor society and the
French and ecology club. She won the 2008 Summer Ven-
tures Catalyst Award in science at Appalachian State. She also
received, the day before Salem’s commencement, the presti-
gious Dobbins Excellence in Science award and the Jess Byrd
English Award. The daughter of Janet and Christopher Call
of Lexington, NC, Rebecca is now in UNC- Chapel Hill’s
six-year pharmacy program.
The second student speaker for commencement was the
first honor graduate, Molly DeCristo. For more on Molly,
who also received the Sister Oesterlein award for 2008-09,
see page 6.
The May Dell was bright and sunny on Saturday, May The third and final student speaker for commencement
30 as seniors and their family and friends assembled for com- was senior class president, Quinn Cartall, a four-year board-
mencement 2009. ing student from San Antonio, Texas. Quinn was elected
Salem Academy is known for its many traditions during to be on the student council as a ninth grader, and also
commencement. One is the announcement of the annual served during the senior/faculty breakfast. She played three
Faculty Award, and another is having the first and second sports - field hockey, basketball and soccer that year – and
honor graduates and the senior class president speak during was a member of the cultural affairs and Spanish clubs. As
graduation. a sophomore, she was the class vice president, played field
The Faculty Award is made each year to a senior who, hockey and golf (was rookie of the year) and was also part of
in the eyes of the faculty, most clearly exemplifies consistent the interview committee for the new head of school. During
trustworthiness; maturity in relationships with peers and junior year, she was class vice president, Spanish club presi-
adults; a high degree of concern and consideration for others; dent and Fellowship Council representative. The daughter of
consistent responsibility in fulfilling obligations both com- Rebecca and Bryan Cartall of San Antonio Texas, she is now
munal and personal; and the courage of her convictions. a first-year student at Queens University.
The 2008-09 winner, Nichole Forvour-McNew, from
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New Jersey, was a four-year boarding student. She was an Remarks by Quinn Cartall,
honor guide and a member of the yearbook staff as a ninth Senior Class president: May 2009
grader, and by the time she reached her sophomore year, she When asked what I
was elected to serve as a member of the Honor Cabinet. She consider to be the most
was reelected to serve in this cabinet during each of her re- valuable thing on earth,
maining years at Salem. She was the 2008-09 House Council I hesitated because there
president this year and the co-chair of the Arts Exhibition is so much I value deeply
committee. The daughter of Lori and Franklin McNew, in this world. I thought
Nichole is now a first-year student at Rutgers University. long and hard, and in the
The first student speaker for commencement was the midst of my thoughts,
second honor graduate, Rebecca Call. Rebecca, a four-year remembered one of the
day student from Lexington, NC, was a four-year runner, many lessons taught in
captain and leadership-award recipient in cross country. She Mrs. Overton’s European
was a member of the Spirit ensemble and a section leader in history class.
Glee club. She was a United Way volunteer, teacher’s as- In the year 1360
sistant at Diggs Elementary and one of the very best honor Henry de Vick designed
guides in the Academy. On top of these activities, Rebecca the first mechanical clock with an hour hand for King
Charles V of France. This mechanical clock brought regulari- at Salem Academy. And whoever remembers this can never

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ty to life, work and to markets; it gave time itself a new value. willingly waste a single moment of his or her life.
I then realized that this is what I consider to be one of, if not I further encourage you students to spend your time
the most, valuable of resources in this world. Time is required wisely, not only in the classroom, but also with friends, fac-
for all we do. It is the prerequisite for all that we become. ulty and family. Cherish it dearly and choose wisely because
Each of us is allotted the same, exact amount of hours before you know it, you, too, will be standing where we are
every day. Too often, however, we feel there is not quite today in your white cap and gown, and your time spent here
enough of it in any given day. Time is a special commodity will all too soon be reduced to memories gone before. Thank
that cannot be saved for later and waits for no one; if wasted, you for all your time, not only today, but also these past four
you cannot get it back. Time is often said to fly, but it is not years because to me, your time is invaluable.
so much the time that flies as we who waste it; and wasted Fellow classmates, we have the fortune of having made
time is worse than no time at all. “I wasted time,” Shake- friendships that will last a lifetime. I want to thank you for
speare makes Richard II say, “and now time doth waste me.” being my friends, and always being by my side. I love you
For this reason the gift from the senior class of 2009 is guys so much and am very proud of you not only for being
atomic clocks throughout the building. I hope these atomic who you are and who you have become, but also for making
clocks bring as much, if not more, regularity to your life and it this far. We did it!
work, as they did in the year 1360. May our gift to you help
in realizing the true value of every minute of your time here
2009 Oesterlein Award Goes to Salem Academy students received 138 acceptances
Molly DeCristo to some of the country’s top colleges and universi-
Salem Academy ties, and were awarded millions in merit aid.
senior Molly DeCristo
of Winston-Salem The University of Alabama University of North Carolina
received the Elisabeth Albany College of Pharmacy at Asheville
Oesterlein Award – the Appalachian State University at Chapel Hill
school’s highest honor Art Institute of Charlotte at Charlotte
Berry College at Greensboro
for a member of the Boston College at Wilmington
graduating class – dur- Boston University North Carolina State
ing Founders Day cer- Butler University University
University of California, Northeastern University
emonies held in April.
San Diego Northwestern University
The Oesterlein Award Case Western Reserve University of Notre Dame
is named in honor of University Oberlin College
Salem’s first teacher The Catholic University of Parsons School of Design
America Pratt Institute
when it was founded as Centre College Purdue University
a school for girls in 1772. Candidates are nominated by University of Colorado, Queens University
members of the entire Salem community – faculty, staff Boulder Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
and fellow students – and each nominee must compete Denver University of Rhode Island
University of Connecticut Rice University
against other truly outstanding seniors. Among the crite- College of Charleston Rider University
ria are: attend Salem all four years of high school; make Converse College Roanoke College
a notable contribution to the quality of life at Salem and Dartmouth College Rutgers University, New
Drake University Brunswick
exemplify quality leadership; and be conscientious and
Drexel University Saint Joseph’s University
diligent in the pursuit of academic excellence, attaining at Duke Saint Mary’s College of
least a 3.0 average overall. Emory University California
DeCristo was named the first honor graduate for Fordham University Savannah College of Art
Furman and Design
the senior class. She was a commencement marshal for Gettysburg College University of South Carolina
grades 9-11 (an honor reserved for the students with the George Washington University of the Sciences in
top GPA in the class) as well as a member of the National University Philadelphia
Honor Society, National Latin Honor Society and Na- Hampton University University of the South,
Harding University Sewanee
tional Spanish Honor Society. University of Hartford St. John’s University - Queens
DeCristo held numerous leadership posts during her High Point University Campus
Academy years including serving as senior class representa- Howard University Stevens Institute of Technology
University of Illinois, Suffolk University
tive to the Honor Cabinet, freshman class president and
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Urbana-Champaign SUNY College at Fredonia


president of Mu Alpha Theta, the math honor society. She Indiana University, Syracuse University
played softball for the Academy all four years. She received Bloomington University of Tennessee,
the Citizenship Honor Award from her peers during her Ithaca College Knoxville
James Madison University University of Texas,
junior year, and was named to the Softball All Conference Johns Hopkins University San Antonio
Team for the Triad Athletic Conference during her junior Lamar University Vassar College
year. Lenoir Rhyne University Virginia Tech
She has played the piano for 11 years and during her Marquette University Wake Forest University
Marshall University Warren Wilson College
sophomore year won first place, advanced division, in the Maryland Institute College University of Washington
George and Ruby Moxley Memorial Piano Scholarship of Art Washington and Lee University
competition. Marymount Manhattan Washington University in
College St. Louis
DeCristo attended the N.C. Governor’s School West
Massachusetts College of West Virginia University
for natural science in summer 2008, and her Jan Term Pharmacy & Health College of William and Mary
internships included one at Targacept Inc. and one with Sciences Williams College
the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee in Washington, DC. University of Massachusetts, Winthrop University
Amherst University of Wisconsin,
She is the daughter of James and Marianne DeCristo University of Miami Madison
of Winston-Salem, NC, and is attending the University of New York University Xavier University
North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Girls’ School Graduates
Have Documented Advantages
This past spring, at the start of college compared to their peers from
UCLA’s Higher Educa- coed schools.
tion Research Institute • More than 80 percent of girls’ school graduates
released the results of a consider their academic performance highly
well-documented study successful compared to 75 percent of women from
that shows a statistical- coed schools. On the intellectual front, 60 percent of
ly significant advantage women from girls’ schools report self-confidence,
for graduates of girls’ compared to 54 percent from coed schools.
schools like Salem • Nearly half of all women graduating from single-sex
Academy. schools (or 44.6 percent) rate their public speaking
Commissioned by ability high, compared to 38.5 percent of women
the National Coali- graduates of coed schools. A similar differential exists
tion of Girls’ Schools for writing abilities: 64.2 percent of girls’ school
(NCGS) of which graduates assess their writing as high, compared to
Salem Academy is a 58.8 percent women graduates of coed schools.
member, the UCLA study offers the first-ever peer-reviewed • Girls’ school graduates are three times more likely
research on the subject. Ever since educators observed that than their coed peers to consider pursuing a career in
girls tend to slide in confidence and academic achievement engineering; or 4.4 percent compared to 1.4 percent.
in early adolescence, interest in girls’ schools has risen. Yet, • More girls’ school graduates consider college a
single-sex education has defied rigorous analysis due to con- stepping stone to graduate school (71 percent versus
founding demographic and other influences. The results of 66 percent from coed schools) and 45 percent of
this new study, drawn from a large blind sample of alumnae women from single-sex schools (compared to 41
from coed and girls’ schools across the country, give educa- percent of their coed peers) choose a college in part
tors more facts to support their theories. for its record of alumnae gaining admission to
According to the UCLA report, girls’ school graduates graduate school.
consistently assess their abilities, self-confidence, engage- Lucia Uldrick, director of admissions at Salem Acad-
ment and ambition as either above average or in the top emy, says the findings reinforce what she and other admin-

Girls’ school graduates consistently assess their abilities,

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self-confidence, engagement and ambition as either above
average or in the top 10 percent.
10 percent. Compared to their coed peers, they have more istrators have heard Academy graduates say over the years
confidence in their mathematics and computer abilities and about their experience in a single-sex institution. “The
study longer hours. They are more likely to pursue careers idea that Salem girls can do or be anything is not a foreign
in engineering, engage in political discussions, keep current concept by the time they graduate because they have been
with political affairs and see college as a stepping stone to challenged to do and try new things for their entire high-
graduate school, the study found. school education,” she comments.
Among the findings of the new data from UCLA’s na- For more information about the National Coalition
tionwide study of women entering their first year of college for Girls’ Schools study, visit the NCGS website:
are these: www.ncgs.org.
• Ten percent more girls’ school graduates rate their
confidence in math and computer abilities high
Room Tidin�s
Tag
Miss T’s Corner engage on all sorts of levels with anyone on campus. There
By Mary Lorick Thompson, Dean of is no sense of students or staff or faculty being here because
Students and Assistant Head of School they have to be here.
I came to Salem Academy Some things will never change, however, about the
in 1972, so to say that I’ve seen Academy, and those are our core values: sense of integrity,
many, many girls come through a belief in the honor system, feeling personal and social
the Academy doors is an under- responsibility and having a willingness to be challenged.
statement! Those were values that led the Single Sisters to open a
I’m often asked how the Acad- school that educated girls, and to take the bold step of
emy girls of today compare with spinning off a college when those girls wanted even more
the girls of the past. Of course, education than was available. The Moravians were extreme-
there are some differences. When ly successful at changing what needed to be changed, but
I joined the Academy, the girls keeping the basics alive, and I think they would be happy
seemed very much alike: their with today’s Academy. They might even have been among
viewpoints, their backgrounds, even their clothes and the the first educators to embrace the new technology!
way they wore their hair. There were some free spirits then, I’ve realized that even students who struggle here at
of course, but they expressed themselves in fairly conserva- first, or don’t finish here, feel a positive connection to the
tive ways. Academy. For example, I can think of a student who left
Today’s Academy is a little different. During the years after only one year but still visits the Academy every sum-
that I’ve been here, we as a school have worked very hard mer and wants her daughter to attend. She still feels part of
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to develop a diverse community where there is mutual ac- the Academy. I also think of a young woman years ago who
ceptance and support, and where everyone is free to be who came as a ninth grader, went home over the holidays and
they are. There is a more obvious mix these days of races, locked herself in her bedroom, refusing to go back. Her par-
religions, geographical backgrounds and different views of ents took the door off its hinges and persuaded her to give
the world, but every one still is liked and accepted. And it one more try. She spent four happy years at the Academy
we’ve learned from other students, too. In the 1980s and and is now a very successful attorney.
1990s, we had a large number of students from the Middle Don’t worry, so many of the “old” traditions are still
East, and their experiences and perspective on world events very much apart of Academy life. Everyone is either a
was valuable to all of us. This year we’ll have 47 interna- gold or purple when they come. Students still serve at the
tional boarding students, many from Asia, and they also holiday Lovefeast, we still put charms in the smoosh cake to
will enrich the Academy experience. predict seniors’ futures. The tag room is still where everyone
Another difference, I believe, is that fewer students are checks in and out, and we still have senior day where the
at the Academy without being actively involved in choosing cars are decorated in all sorts of amazing ways. The same
to go here. This is no longer a school where a young girl is wonderful Hello Dollys are made with the same old recipe
told she “must” attend whether she wants to or not. Visi- and still popular in the dining room!
tors to the Academy remark to me that every single person You might say that the trappings may be different in
seems happy to be here: they smile, they have energy, they today’s Academy, but the core is the same!
Blitz Hoppe Receives Medal became involved in their lives outside the classroom and
was always there when needed.
Eleanor Elizabeth “Blitz”
Hoppe, daughter of Mark and The purpose of the Elsie Nunn Headmaster’s Award
Betsy Hoppe of Winston-Sa- is to recognize faculty at Salem Academy who reflect the
lem, earned the Congressionalspirit of responsibility and dedication to service which Miss
Award Gold Medal and was Nunn exemplified.
recognized at a ceremony, To qualify for the award, the person must meet the fol-
reception and week-long lowing criteria:
celebration held in June in - selfless and cheerful service;
Washington, DC. - positive relationships with
The Congressional Award students, faculty and staff and;
- a willingness to go beyond the
is the United States Congress’
award for young Americans. It is non-partisan, voluntary and requirements of duty.
non-competitive. The program is open to all 14- to 23-year- This year’s recipient of the Elsie Nunn Headmaster’s
olds. To earn a gold medal, participants must complete more Award was Gloria Frost, Salem Academy’s librarian.
than 400 hours of volunteer service as well as excel in three Frost is the guiding light behind the library and its
other areas: personal development, physical fitness and expe- importance in the life of students and teachers. She is also
ditions and explorations. the advisor to the junior class and the cultural awareness
Hoppe gave her voluntary service hours to Salem club; a member of the OCPC and the technology commit-
Academy as well as to Salemtowne Moravian Retirement tee; and involved in a host of other areas and activities at
Community and the Children’s Center for the Physically the Academy. Indeed, Frost has pitched in to help in every
Handicapped, where she remains active. For the personal de- way possible over the past 17 years. When she’s asked to
velopment area, she studied for the SAT, researched colleges chaperone a trip, she says yes; when a teacher asks her if
to which she is interested in applying and studied nutrition she’s got a little money in her budget to buy some piece
to become better informed about long-term health and fit- of equipment for a classroom, she says yes; when she was
ness. For physical fitness, she pursued both team sports and asked to move on dorm, she said yes.
individual sports, as well as a strength-training regime that As Karl Sjolund, head of school, put it, “She is the
resulted in better overall fitness and endurance. Her expedi- ultimate team player, but more important than that, she’s
tions and explorations requirement consisted of taking hikes also a dear friend to every one of us at the Academy.”
and planning trips to cities she had never visited. Congratulations, Gloria!
Hoppe, a graduate of Summit School and now a senior
at Salem Academy, plays varsity sports, serves on the Fel- Bencini Receives Weston Award
lowship Council and is president of the Student Council for for Faculty Excellence 2009

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2009-2010. The Parents Board of
Pictured at start of article: Blitz Hoppe was congratulated by Salem Academy established
Senator Richard M. Burr. the Joel Weston Award for
Faculty Excellence in memory
Frost Receives Headmaster’s of Joel Weston and to honor
Award for 2009 the faculty and staff of Salem
The Elsie Nunn Headmas- Academy. The first award
ter’s Award was established in was presented in the spring
honor of Elsie Nunn, one of the of 1986; recent winners have
most distinguished teachers in included Eileen Cahill,
the long history of Salem Acad- Jean Thrower and Mary
emy. A mathematics teacher at Lorick Thompson.
the Academy for 40 years, Miss The selection committee for this year’s Weston Award
Nunn understood that great was made up of the head of school, Karl Sjolund; the chair
teachers do a lot more than just of the Parents Association, Marianne DeCristo; the presi-
teach their subject matter. She dent of the student council, Emily Daubert; the president
dedicated her life to her students, of the honor cabinet, Hannah Grose; and the president
Left to right: Dr. Kim Dansie, Child Psychologist; Dr. Jenifer Geisler, Veterinarian; Gianna Bryan, Pharmacist; Dawn Banks,
Pediatric Nurse; Candide Jones, WFU University Press; Melrose Buchanan, Artist; Corinne Auman, Psychology Professor, Elon
University; Deanna Stokes, Head Women’s Basketball Coach, WSSU; Joann Sofis Gibson, Financial Planner; Ivy Robinson,
Wedding and Event Planner; Jenna Sariss, Actuary; Kim Taylor, Interior Designer

of the senior class, Quinn Cartall. Criteria for the award her class, which is why she’s one of those teachers students
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included a minimum of three years’ employment at the remember for a lifetime.


Academy; excellence in classroom teaching and relations
with students; and excellence in overall contribution to the Career Day
total Academy program. Pictured to the top left: Career Day was conceived by
This year’s recipient was Cathy Bencini. Bencini has Kelen Walker, college counselor, and is held every two
taught Spanish at the Academy since the fall of 1997. She years. This past spring’s event brought alumnae and guests
is chair of the foreign language department, and advisor to from a wide range of careers to the Academy to talk about
both the Spanish club and the junior class. She has taken their own career paths as well as make suggestions and give
students on Jan Term trips in the past and is leading the trip advice to students. The day culminated in a luncheon where
in January 2010 to her native country, Peru. Michelle Kennedy, newscaster for WXII TV 12 in Winston-
Bencini is an excellent teacher. In fact, one student Salem, was the keynote speaker.
described her as the “dream” teacher, because she “sets you
up for success but leaves the studying and achievement up Tag Room
to you.” Pictured to the top right: It’s traditional at Salem Acad-
Among her many gifts, Bencini notices and acknowl- emy for seniors to celebrate the last day of classes. And since
edges hard work and celebrates the triumphs of every the tag room is the hub of daily Academy student activity,
student. She truly makes a connection with the girls in seniors wanted to be sure it was decorated appropriately.
Academy Staffers Wed for her special day. The wedding ceremony was held at

11 • Salem Academy
June 20, 2009 was St. Ann’s Episcopal Church followed by a reception at the
an exciting day for Nonantum Resort.
two Salem Academy Melissa, a graduate of Springfield College and Boston
staff members. Melissa University, came to Salem after spending one year in
Beals, assistant athletic Durham, NC teaching as a missionary. Chris, a Winston-
director, health/physi- Salem native and graduate of Mt. Tabor High School and
cal education teacher Wake Forest University, joined the Salem staff last year af-
and coach, wed Chris ter teaching at Reynolds High School for six years. While
Vaughan, math teach- teaching and coaching at Salem, Chris is also enrolled in
er and cross-country the MBA program at Wake Forest and is scheduled to
coach. Melissa, a graduate in August 2010.
native of Boston, MA, Since returning from their honeymoon in Turks and
spent many childhood Caicos, Chris and Melissa have had little time to relax
summers with her as the planning for a new school and athletic year came
grandfather in Ken- along quickly. Congratulations to the happy Academy
nebunkport, Maine so couple!
she chose this location
SOAR! ROAR! SCORE! Each morning, our staff of trained and enthusiastic
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Salem’s Summer Sports Camp counselors came early to set up the fields for morning cir-
Hits the Mark cuits. The campers arrived each day, full of youthful energy
With everything and excitement. Campers tackled various personal and team
from seed-spitting challenges including lacrosse, archery, soccer, tennis, golf, t-
contests to instruc- ball and basketball. Parents enjoyed picking up their weary
tional swimming youngsters after lunch each day so that they could rest up
to archery, Salem’s for the events of the next day.
second annual sports Boys were in abundance – something not commonly
camp during sum- seen on Salem’s athletic fields – as they enjoyed the com-
mer 2009 introduced petitive and challenging atmosphere.
young people to the In our Soar! Roar! Score! Sports Camp, Salem special-
wonderful world izes in offering something for every young camper, regard-
of athletics. Salem less of ability, background, or experience.
enjoyed hosting more than 140 campers, ages four to 11, During the three weeks of camp, we were blessed with
in our Soar! Roar! Score! Sports Camp. Attendees included excellent weather. As camp came to a close, new friends
children of alumnae, faculty and staff as well as many from were made and new sports learned with enough memories
the local community. to last a lifetime.
Have You Met … Paul Allen, who teaches
Academy Faculty Members physics and environmental sci-
Winkler and Allen? ence, holds a B.S from the U.S.
Naval Academy at Annapolis,
Get to know two of Salem Academy’s fine faculty members! MD and an M.S. Ed. from
We’ve collected facts as well as little-known tidbits on both. Old Dominion University. He
joined Salem in 2006 from Vir-
Sarah Winkler, English ginia Beach, where he taught
teacher, graduated as a member physics and AP physics for two
of Phi Beta Kappa from The years in a large public high
George Washington University school. Before beginning his
in Washington, D.C. in 2005 teaching adventure, he served
with a major in English and in the Navy for 23 years as a surface warfare officer, deploy-
a minor in women’s studies. ing numerous times to the Mediterranean basin, the Middle
During her undergraduate East and Central America, and serving in a NATO head-
career, she spent a term study- quarters in Naples, Italy. In his rare spare time he enjoys
ing at University College reading, discovering truth and outdoor activities, including
Dublin, Ireland. She earned running, bicycling, backpacking and rowing.
her master’s in English in 2007
at Wake Forest University. Prior to teaching at Salem, she Favorite book as a child: As I recall, my favorite
worked at the Wake Forest University Writing Center, childhood reading was books in the mystery genre. I
Wake Forest University Press and the Governor’s School of was a fan of the “Hardy Boys” series of novels, after
South Carolina at the College of Charleston. A native of which I moved up to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s
Baltimore, M.D., she enjoys reading, writing, cooking, film accounts of Sherlock Holmes.
and traveling.
Favorite spot on the Salem Academy campus: By the
Favorite book as a child: I memorized most of my stream that runs through the May Dell. I don’t get
childhood books. In particular, I remember that I knew there as often as I would like to, but I find it a peaceful
In the People House by heart so that my parents or bit of nature in the city.
grandparents couldn’t get away with skipping a few
pages! As a teenager, I loved the short stories of Main fault: My main fault is difficult to pin down, but
Flannery O’ Connor. I am a recovering “workaholic perfectionist”.

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Favorite Spot on Campus: The May Dell. Main virtue: I suppose my main virtue may be that I’m
becoming more aware of my faults, acknowledging
Main fault: Being too quick to judge. them and dealing with them.

Main virtue: Patience. If I could live anywhere in the world: I would like very
much to again live in southern Italy. We had the
If I could live anywhere in the world: I don’t think I privilege of living near Naples for several years, and the
could pick one place. Maybe somewhere near an airport Navy moved us before we were ready to leave.
so I could travel all the time!
I am happiest when: I am with my bride and children,
I am happiest when: I am traveling or learning especially when we are engaged in an activity we all
something new. enjoy. I also derive great pleasure from being outside,
hiking, running or bicycling.
My personal motto: “Life is much too important a thing
ever to talk seriously about it.” – Oscar Wilde My personal motto: I’ve borrowed mine from the
apostle Paul: “I can do all things through Christ who
strengthens me.”
Salute to three Misses Hello Dollies, Salem Rolls, Crazy Cake and a whole host
by Karl Sjolund of fabulous soups for more years than most of us have
Ecclesiastes 9:10 says, “Whatever your hand finds to do, do been on this planet. And every batch is made with the
it with all your might.” same devotion she had when she made her first batch half
a century ago.
Well, for many years, there’s been a small group of Finally, Miss Thelma has moved beyond the 50-
women at Salem Academy that I believe have taken that year mark and is working on year number 54. For those
verse to heart. In a school like ours, not all the teaching is health-conscious folks who suggest fried chicken isn’t good
done on a blackboard or in rows of desks. Indeed, the lessons for you, I submit they’ve never tried Miss Thelma’s fried
of work ethic, devotion and loyalty are all hollow lessons if chicken. I guarantee you’ll feel good after eating it…and
they’re not backed up by living examples. We need people that goes for her meatloaf, too! For more than half a cen-
of character – names that we can point to and say, “See this tury, we have counted on Miss Thelma to minister to this
person…watch her, and do what she does.” We need role community through her gift of cooking. It matters to her,
models, and I can think of none better than three ladies with just as it matters to the other two ladies, that she gets it

“We need role models, and there are none better than
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three ladies with nearly 140 years of combined experience


working at Salem.”
nearly 140 years of combined experience working at Salem: right every time. As far as I’m concerned, she hasn’t missed
Barbara Goodwine, Shirley Smith and Thelma Russell. yet.
Miss Barbara has been at Salem for 35 years. It is dif- These are three of the friendliest, most encouraging,
ficult to imagine the Academy without her electric smile honest and hard-working employees Salem has ever had.
greeting us every morning at breakfast time. The dining And most of what they do, they do without fanfare. They
hall is always ready, because she has carefully tended to quietly show up every day and go about the essential busi-
every detail. She loves the girls and shows that love with ness of meeting one of our most basic human needs – the
countless daily gestures – not the least of which is deliver- need to feel loved.
ing cookies during cookie break! Pictured above, from left to right: Shirley Smith, Barbara Good-
Miss Shirley has just started her 50th year at the Acad- wine and Thelma Russell
emy. She has been back in the kitchen making her famous
DADs Meet at the Academy
The following article is adapted from one published in the June Salem Academy lies in our nurturing community. The girls
2009 Forsyth Family magazine. The DADs group has already truly watch out for each other and feel free to express their
planned meetings and events for the 2009-2010 academic year, concerns if they see someone who is struggling. That is not
including a dad/daughter bike ride on the Virginia Creeper Trail.
For information on meetings, check the website at www.salemacad-
always the case at other schools.”
emy.com/parents. “Although the group has only met a few times, I have
found it to be very beneficial,” says Jim DeCristo, father
DADS Learn about Daughters in of two Academy daughters and involved again in DADs
Academy Support Group this fall. “Sharing the challenges parents face and how they
A recent study estimates that while mothers spend an address them provides you with new approaches to solv-
average of eight minutes a day talking to their daughters, ing problems and more important, may help you to avoid
fathers spend only three. That’s a statistic that concerns mistakes.”
DADs (Discussions Around Daughters) – a volunteer
group formed by fathers – and they are determined to
change it, at least in their own families.
That’s why last spring a group of volunteer fathers
formed the DADs group, which meets monthly so that
members may talk about their daughters. The group is
primarily made up of dads who live locally, although all
Academy fathers are welcome to participate when they are
in town. The only rule is that everyone agrees to confi-
dentiality, allowing the dads to more freely express their
thoughts and concerns.
One member of DADs, Karl Sjolund, is wearing two
hats: he’s not only the Head of School but also the father
of twin girls, aged 12. So his role is partly to help guide
the discussion – making observations about Academy
procedures and policies – and partly to gain knowledge he
can apply at home.
Topics for each meeting are decided upon by the

15 • Salem Academy
group. One meeting last spring covered technology and
how texting, Facebook and other “social networking” op-
portunities are affecting the lives of girls. Another time,
the group heard about issues facing teenage girls from
speaker Jenny Orr, the fulltime counselor at the Academy.
Orr talked about five different issues that many coun-
selors are seeing when they deal with today’s teenage girls:
self-injury, such as cutting; eating disorders (anorexia,
bulimia and BED, or binge eating disorder); depression;
anxiety; and what she called “peers and parents,” or the
pressures associated with friends and family expectations.
She led the dads through a definition of each issue and
handed out worksheets that they could take home and
read.
Orr assures the dads that their daughters are in good
hands at school. “Sadly, these are common issues in high
schools across the country,” she said. “The difference at
Academy Sees Benefits of
New Website
During the 08- their parents find out much of their information online and
09 school year, the then decided which schools are worth visiting.
Academy engaged Also important is being able to show videos of special
FinalSite, a web events as they happen to prospective as well as current stu-
development com- dents and families, and the new website allows us to do that.
pany, to help upgrade Other features of the new website include athletics schedules
Salem’s website. We (along with directions to each playing site); the ability to
needed a website that was easy to work with, had up-to-date work through the site to design and send complementary
information for current and prospective families and was electronic newsletters to parents of students and to alumnae;
truly representative of our student body. FinalSite worked and a schoolwide calendar that is automatically updated
with Salem to create a beautiful website that is easy to every single day.
use; it was unveiled in March 2009 and is certainly seeing The Academy has much improved our look on the
increased traffic (for example, there were 8,164 site visits web! We are still working with FinalSite to expand what we
between Aug. 1 and Sept. 1, 2009). can do and how we use our new site. There will be more
In today’s boarding-school market, many families use excitement to come, so check back with us often at www.
the internet as their first “visit” to a school. Students and salemacademy.com.

Salem Students
Celebrate International Day 2009
International Day was held at the Academy to celebrate Pictured below (starting at top left and going clockwise): Rose
the contributions of international students to life at school. A’12 and Rokhaya A’10 Fall; Ellie Mo A’11 and Juree Sun A’11; Jee
Bright costumes, delicious international cuisine, music from Youn “Alissa” Sim A’10, Seo Chung Kim A’11, and Hyun Ji “Evelyn”
Cho A’12; International students and the dining hall staff made
other lands and talks by international students about their lunches from around the world for students to enjoy.
homes of origin were on the schedule.
16 • Magazine 2009
Academy Continues String of
Successful Theatrical Productions
gured Turpin family proves that living and dying in the
South are seldom tidy and always hilarious. Despite their
earnest efforts to pull themselves together for their father’s
funeral, the Turpins’ other problems keep overshadowing
the solemn occasion. Amidst the chaos, the Turpins turn
for comfort to their friends and neighbors, an eccentric
community of misfits who just manage to pull together
and help each other through their hours of need and
finally, the funeral.
Plans are underway for a spring 2010 presentation of
Jane Eyre, a musical drama with music by composer-lyri-
cist Paul Gordon and a book by John Caird, based on the
Noel Coward’s play Blithe Spirit was presented by the novel by Charlotte Bronte. The musical was first debuted
Salem Academy Theatre during fall 2008 to great ovations, on Broadway in 2000, and received a number of Tony
followed in the spring by Shakespeare’s The Tempest, on nominations (best musical, best book of a musical and best
April 30-May 3. original score, among others).
The protagonist of The Tempest is the banished sorcerer Jane Eyre, set in England, in the early 19th century,
Prospero, rightful Duke of Milan, who uses his magical begins with the death of Jane’s parents after her father, a
powers to punish and forgive his enemies when he raises pastor working in an urban slum, is exposed to typhus.
a tempest that drives them ashore on his island. The play Jane goes to live with her only known relative, Mrs. Reed,

17 • Salem Academy
takes place on that island with native inhabitants Ariel and the widow of her maternal uncle. Mrs. Reed and her chil-
Caliban stirring up both romance and mischief. While not dren, however, have little use for the orphan Jane and treat
initially one of Shakespeare’s most popular plays, scholars her with open contempt. When Jane rebels against their ill
now consider it one of his greatest works. treatment, she is sent away to Lowood, a nightmarish char-
Several features made the Academy’s production of The ity school.
Tempest an especially entertaining one for the audience. The Eventually, Jane escapes Lowood, taking a position at
character of Ariel actually “flew” thanks to the efforts of the Thornfield Hall where she serves as governess to Adèle Va-
international flying company ZFX, which installed a special rennes, the young ward of the absent master of Thornfield,
flying harness. Also, all parts were played by the Academy’s Edward Rochester. But as Jane grows to love Rochester, she
female students – which was a contrast to Shakespeare’s begins to suspect that the house and its master harbour a
day when all parts – even those of women – were played by dark secret.
male actors. Pictured above: far right - Gracie Kral; on floor lying down in
This fall, the Academy Theatre will perform Dearly De- front - Rose Fall; on rock - Cathryn Shelton (she is the one who flys);
parted, by David Bottrell and Jessi Jones. The performance to her left behind the rock - Carrie Barlow; to the left on the floor in
a partial split - Mary Carol Harris; way off to the left half shown is
dates are November 12-15. - Ashton Smith
According to director Kerry Lawson, the play is set in
the Baptist backwoods of the Bible Belt, where the belea-
An Update on Admissions
Salem Academy’s We are also very interested in your nominations for the
Class of 2013 began Sisters Merit Scholarship Program! With the success of this
their Salem journey on past year’s competition, we’d love to meet girls from your
August 24th when they area who might be interested in this great opportunity. You
reported to campus. can find a nomination form and more information about
Along with an entirely the scholarship on our new and improved website, at
new freshman class, we www.salemacademy.com.
welcomed many new
sophomores and juniors.
The new girls this year The Admissions Office will host a number of
came from far and visitation programs this year:
wide–12 states and five
countries are represented For prospective boarding students
in this year’s student • October 22-23, 2009
body. New students from China, Korea, Germany, Hong • November 12-13, 2009
Kong and Bulgaria joined our returning students to enrich • March 4-5, 2010
our community with their global perspective. • April 8-9, 2010
We were happy to welcome all six finalists from our During those visitations, prospective boarding students
Sisters Merit Scholarship program. A number of sisters also and their parents have an opportunity to tour the
joined us this year to continue the Salem legacy in their
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school, sit in on classes, meet with faculty and


families. We anticipate an exciting year as all of our students administration, and prospective students spend the
explore old passions and develop new interests in academics, night in the dorms.
fine arts, and sports, while enjoying wonderful friendships
and fun! We are delighted to have all our new students here For prospective day students
on campus and we look forward to a wonderful year at Salem • November 11, 2009 – Visitation Day
Academy! This day allows students and their parents to visit
Alumnae support in admissions is crucial. Spreading the classes, meet with faculty and administration and
good word of Salem helps us expand our marketing dollars, enjoy lunch on campus.
which is critical during these economic times. We take our
show on the road, as well. If there are students in your area • Oct. 29, 2009 – Open House
that you’d like to get together, we would be happy to bring • Feb. 15, 2010 – Open House
a little Salem your way! We have also combined admissions These open houses are chances for day students to
events with alumnae events and we’d be happy to help host drop in for a Salem experience.
one in your area. Please contact either Lucia Uldrick or
Wynne Overton in the admissions office, or Megan Ratley
in the alumnae office if you would be willing to host such an
event in your area!!
Sisters merit scholarship program
Brings Great Students
The Salem Academy
Sisters Merit Scholarship
program, which covers
room, board and
tuition as well as special
academic opportunities,
is yielding great results
for Salem: wonderful
students. In its third
year awarded, the Sisters
Scholarship brought
us some of the best
students from around
the nation.
The Sisters
Scholarship has grown
over the past year, from
having 15 nominations
and five finalists for
2008, to 27 nominations
and six finalists this year.
We are very happy
to report that all six of the Sisters Scholarship finalists are Our two other finalists have joined us for the 9th grade.
attending Salem including the Sisters Scholar for 2009, They are Ivy Webb from Asheville, NC and Grace Schaffner
Kiersten Washle. Kiersten is from Mt. Holly, North from Gastonia, NC. In addition to her academic pursuits,
Carolina and joins us as a freshmen. Kiersten has had many Ivy enjoys ballet and Tai Chi/Kung Fu – she has a brown
academic successes and been involved with community belt! Grace is in the photography club and has won her
service in Mt. Holly. The scholarship committee was school’s student of the month award – twice – for kindness
impressed with her work with the Junior Presidential Youth and courage.

19 • Salem Academy
Inaugural Conference. Kiersten worked to raise money Not only are we happy to have all six finalists join us,
to attend the inauguration of President Barack Obama in but we also have a few other nominees joining us as well.
January 2009. The Sisters Scholarship is a wonderful way for us to
Kiersten’s fellow finalists are all-stars and we are so learn about smart, outgoing girls and it also introduces
happy that they will bring their own bright lights to Salem. these wonderful young ladies to what Salem Academy has
The finalists joining us for the 10th grade are Emma to offer! If you know a student who might be a wonderful
Fosso McNairy from Chapel Hill, NC, Rainey McLaurin nominee for the Sisters Merit Scholarship, please nominate
from Frendale, WA and Katie McDuffie from Columbia, her! You can find out more information about the
NC. Emma has earned her Silver Award in Girl Scouts scholarship and how to nominate a student on our website:
and has had a poem published in Teen Ink, while Rainey, www.salemacademy.com.
whose mother is a Salem College alumna, plays cello and Pictured to the left: Salem Academy was happy to welcome the
is involved with mission work at her church. Katie also Merit Scholar, Kiersten Washle, as well as the other five finalists to
has ties to Salem through her mother who attended the the school this fall! Front row left to right) Katie McDuffie, Grace
Schaffner, Kiersten Washle; back row (left to right) Emma McNairy,
Academy and grandmother who worked at the Academy.
Ivy Webb, Rainey McLaurin.
She runs cross country and is an avid volunteer in her
community, winning an honorable mention Prudential
Spirit of the Community award.
Margaret Driscoll Townsend A’81
Small Things Can Make a Big Difference
When Margaret student performs on the next test, how she gets along with
Driscoll Townsend, her roommate or whether or not she is happy enough at Sa-
A’81 wanted to make lem to want to return next year. Small things are oftentimes
a gift to the Academy the deciding factors for a teenager,” Townsend says. “I don’t
last year, she asked head want to ignore what we may think seems mundane ... a pizza
of school Karl Sjolund party thrown by their advisors ... as it may be the one thing
where her funds could that helps a student succeed. She went to sleep happy, and
have the most immedi- felt that her advisors cared about her personally.”
ate impact upon student Townsend knows whereof she speaks, having been an
life. Academy student herself. Upon graduation, she attended
“Of course the Randolph-Macon Women’s College in 1981 and graduated
Academy has long-term with a degree in French (minor in business/economics). She
capital needs, as any had a career in banking (with Wachovia and First Union)
school does, but what and then as president and buyer for La Cache gift shop in
I really wanted to do was make this particular gift one that Winston-Salem. She and husband David have three children.
would cover items you don’t always think about,” Townsend Townsend’s other community involvement includes serv-
says. “He mentioned the head’s discretionary fund to me, ing as the current president of Friends of Brenner Children’s
and I knew it was a perfect fit.” Hospital and as board member of the Juvenile Diabetes
The head’s discretionary fund is just as it sounds: a Research Foundation. A former trustee of Summit School,
fund that the head of school can use to meet immediate, she also volunteers with Winterlark (the fundraiser for the
direct needs of faculty, staff and students at the Academy. Cancer Patient Support Center at WFUBMC’s Compre-
With Townsend’s backing, Sjolund was able to implement hensive Cancer Center), Centenary Methodist Church and
his vision for students: a new program designed to involve Forsyth Country Day School, among other organizations.
students in regularly scheduled meetings, outings and other She continues to have deep appreciation for Salem Acad-
activities with their advisors. Students now meet every Tues- emy’s role in her life, and demonstrates it by staying involved.
day with their advisors in small groups, and at other times She is a former member of the Academy and College board
as needed. The new program was a big success and will be of trustees; former president of the Academy alumnae board
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Big financial needs cannot be ignored, but


neither can the day-to-day needs... – Townsend
continued into the 2009-2010 academic year. and alumna trustee; co-chair of the 2007 “Evening for
“I have so much faith and confidence in Karl, that I Salem” event; and recipient of the Salem Academy young
knew he would know how best to use my contribution,” alumna award in 2001.
Townsend says. “It has been used to directly benefit stu- “I’m grateful that my parents were kind and gener-
dents and faculty … I am very happy with the decisions ous enough to send me to the Academy. The opportunity
Karl has made regarding the use of my contributions.” they gave me helped mold me into the adult I try to be,”
Townsend thinks that the increased contact with advi- Townsend says. “My involvement today with the Academy
sors and fellow students in a small group will be positive is really something I do for myself. Unlike volunteering at
and help add to the overall happiness of the student body. my children’s schools etc, this one is all about me -- because
“Big financial needs cannot be ignored, but neither can I owe Salem Academy a debt of gratitude.”
the day-to-day needs that can make a difference in how a
Alumnae Board Lunch
with Seniors
In an effort to engage the newest
group of Salem alumnae in annually
supporting Salem, the Alumnae Board
collectively issued a challenge to the
Academy class of 2009. The board
offered to match the senior class con-
tribution to the institution up to $480.
Prior to the final board meeting of the
fiscal year, the seniors were contacted via
letter and video about this effort. At the
May 2009 luncheon with the seniors,
approximately 10 members of the class
contributed $5 each to the annual fund.
Kudos to the class of 2009 for their par-
ticipation in this new venture.
Pictured: Board members, Eleanor Cross
(A’97) and Annmarie Carter Miller (A’91,
C’95) talk with ‘09 seniors at the annual pizza
lunch in May.

Annual Fund News


Mother Models Giving for Daughter
Why are both an Academy mother and daughter con- businesses consider supporting Salem Academy and Col-
sistent donors to the Salem Academy and College Annual lege. These organizations want to know that the people
Fund? most involved with the institution are supportive of it.

21 • Salem Academy
Academy senior Mary Carol Harris says, “In my first A gift to the annual fund is also a perfect way to pay
year, my mother handed me a pledge envelope and told me tribute to family, friends or faculty member who had a
to fill in the blanks. Now, as a senior, my monthly pledge strong influence in your education, celebrate a personal
represents all the amazing teachers and dedicated adults milestone (such as a child or grandchild’s birth), honor a
who help me every day work to achieve my dreams.” fellow classmate or acknowledge a key event in your own
Mary Carol’s mother, Carol Harris, is the model for life (running that marathon!). A gift may also be made in
her daughter to develop the habit of giving. “My monthly remembrance of a special person in your life who may or
pledge to the Academy follows a family tradition of giving,” may not have attended Salem. These gifts will be listed in
says Carol. the annual honor roll of donors.
Gifts from students, parents, alumnae and friends have The Annual Fund continues to support academic excel-
allowed Salem Academy and College to reach the fiscal lence for Salem Academy and College students. As Carol
year 2008-2009 Annual Fund goal. Alumnae giving was 81 Harris states, “I believe my regular gift helps Salem teachers
percent of the total amount given to the Salem Academy and staff to continue their 238-year heritage of developing
Annual Fund. Salem College Annual Fund alumnae giving each young woman’s spiritual, intellectual, artistic, athletic
was 86 percent of the gifts to the College. and humanitarian life.”
Gifts of any amount can help raise the participation
percentages that are so important when foundations and
AlumnaE News
Greetings from the Alumnae Association!
On behalf of the entire Acad-
emy Alumnae Board I extend a Salem Academy Alumnae Board
warm greeting to all Salem alum- 2009-2010
nae, students, parents and friends.
It seems only a few weeks ago that President
I had the honor of participating in Julia Cardwell Archer A’84
the graduation ceremonies for the President-Elect
Class of 2009. However, as I write Martha Johnston Manning A’73
this, the 2009-2010 academic Academy Fund Chair
year is well underway. Fall sports Eleanor Cross A’97
have begun, faculty members have completed their first full Director of Area Clubs
weeks of teaching and Miss T has again shared greetings from Celia Sims A’90
alumnae and friends at Opening Chapel. While many of the Director of Nominating
faces at the Academy change each year, its traditions, values, Caroline Gray DenHerder A’97
opportunities and sense of community remain the same. Director of Alumnae Awards
The Alumnae Board and I challenge you to connect with Katherine Duke Teague A’97
Salem Academy in some way during this year. Attend a music Recording Secretary
performance, play or sporting event; come to Reunion Week- Elizabeth Kelly Kaufmann A’80
end; offer a Jan-Term internship at your office; provide the Co-Director of Reunion Weekend
Admissions Office with names of girls you know who might Katharine Roy Bolt A’92
consider the Academy; attend an alumnae gathering in your Co-Director of Reunion Weekend
area; volunteer as your class correspondent; purchase some- Laura Sides Watson A’94
thing from the Spirit Store; or bake cookies for the faculty Member at Large
lounge. There are so many ways that you can be an active part Annmarie Carter Miller A’91, C’95
of the Salem community. Salem Academy appreciates each of Alumna Trustee
these gifts and we feel confident that you will find your life Jeri D’Lugin A’73
enriched in the process. Alumna Trustee
There is another way that we can each support the Martha Riggs Lowry A’79, C’91
22 • Magazine 2009

Academy, and that is through our financial gifts. During


these turbulent economic times, the importance of the An-
nual Fund cannot be overstated. The Annual Fund allows the
lights to be turned on, the salaries to be paid, the classrooms Want to host an Academy student for a three-
to be cleaned and so much more. No gift is too small to make week internship at your place of work? Call the Alumnae
a difference! The Academy offers several easy giving options Office to become a part of our January Term Honors
at www.salemacademy.com. Your participation in the Annual
Internships!
Fund allows Salem Academy to continue offering an environ-
ment in which girls learn, grow, create and achieve. This important program is a high honor for those juniors
Please make sure that the Alumnae Office has your cur- and seniors who compete for places. Past internships have
rent contact information, including your e-mail address. Also
taken Academy students to MTV London, the Senate
be on the lookout for the alumnae e-newsletter and exciting
additions to the Alumnae pages of the Academy website. Judiciary committee in Washington, D.C. and the N.C.
It is a pleasure to serve as President of the Alumnae Museum of Art in Raleigh.
Board and I look forward to seeing you at Salem soon.
Contact Megan Ratley, Alumnae Director, at 336/721-
2664 or megan.ratley@salem.edu if you are interested in
Julia Cardwell Archer A’84 helping!
AlumnaE News
2008 Academy Alumnae Awards
Distinguished Alumna
Award 2009
Julia Cardwell Archer A’84 of Winston-
Salem, NC received the 2009 Distinguished
Alumna Award during ceremonies held at
Salem Academy’s annual Reunion
Weekend.
Archer received her bachelor’s degree
in psychology cum laude from Davidson
College in 1988 and her J.D. from the
University of South Carolina School of Law
in 1992.
She is a partner at Enns & Archer
LLP, founded in 2001, specializing in
trademarks, advertising, sweepstakes and
promotions law for local, national and
international companies. She is active in the International teachers. She was named the New Teacher of the Year,
Trademark Association (INTA), serving various committees Lancaster Elementary School, for 2002.
since 1997. Before establishing Enns & Archer she was an Upon moving back to North Carolina with her hus-
associate and counsel at Kilpatrick Stockton in Winston-Sa- band, Mark, she worked as assistant dean of admissions for
lem. In 2008 she was listed in The Best Lawyers of America, Salem College. Currently Watson is the assistant director
in the specialty of intellectual property law; this selection for Laurel Ridge Camp, Conference and Retreat Center
is based on recommendations and evaluations by other at- where she focuses on marketing, programming, volunteer
torneys. recruitment, fund development and public relations.
Archer is currently president of the Salem Academy Watson has been an involved volunteer with Salem over
Alumnae Board and has been class correspondent for the the years. She organized her class’s fifth-year reunion and its
Class of 1984 for the past 10 years. She has served on the 15th in 2009, as well as worked at several non-reunion-year
alumnae board as co-chair of Reunion Weekend (2004- weekends. She also currently serves as a STAR for Salem

23 • Salem Academy
06), as recording secretary (2006-07) and as vice president College as one of a team of alumnae recruiters.
(2007-08). Watson was team coordinator for Central Florida’s
Archer has been active in the local branch of the chapter of “Roots and Shoots,” a program sponsored by the
American Association of University Women (AAUW), the Jane Goodall Foundation, and was active in the Orlando,
Davidson College alumni board and in a variety of roles in FL chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation,
her church. She is married to David Archer and they have serving as an events coordinator and “big sister.”She was
two sons, Colin and Cameron. named Outstanding Volunteer for JDRF, Orlando Chapter,
during 2003 and 2005. She also served as a volunteer trans-
Young Alumna Award 2009 lator for the Neighborhood Center for Families in Orlando.
Laura Sides Watson, A’94, of Laurel Springs, NC, In North Carolina, she has been fundraising chairwom-
received the 2009 Young Alumna Award during ceremonies an for DiabetesSisters, a non-profit based out of Durham,
held at the annual Reunion Weekend. NC. She is active with the Juvenile Diabetes Research
Watson graduated from the Academy in 1994 and Foundation and serves as a mentor for newly diagnosed
earned her bachelor’s degree in 1999 from Salem College. children with Type-1 diabetes through Juvenation, a Type-1
Following graduation, she taught in the bilingual program diabetes community created by JDRF.
in Orlando, FL for five years, working with students who
were native Spanish speakers and who had learning disabili- Pictured above (from left to right): Karl Sjolund, Laura Sides
ties; she also served as a resource teacher for new bilingual Watson A’94, Julia Cardwell Archer A’84 and Susan Pauly.
Alumna Profile
Emily Cathey A’95
When Emily Cathey, a visit, Cathey and her crew deployed at the end of November
native of Statesville, NC, to Bahrain, where they embarked USS TYPHOON (PC
graduated from Salem Acad- 5). They were in the Gulf until the beginning of the sum-
emy in 1995, she was one of mer when they returned to the U.S. In August Cathey was
two young women in her class selected as the flag secretary for Commander Carrier Strike
to be selected for prestigious Group 8 and reported for her new command in mid-August.
slots at the United States Cathey admits to loving the travel perks of being with
Naval Academy in Annapolis, the Navy. “I literally have been around the world, circumnav-
MD. She graduated in 1999 igated South America and transited through both the Suez
and was commissioned an and Panama Canals,” she explains. “I enjoyed living in Japan,
ensign in the U.S. Navy. Since specifically in Yokosuka, which is about an hour south of
then, she has not only coped Tokyo, and experiencing another culture. Vladivostok, Russia
but also excelled, to the point that last year she became the in October of 2000 was also a highlight.”
commanding officer of Patrol Coastal (PC) Crew LIMA and Cathey believes that the common thread among all her
the USS SQUALL (PC 7), one of 14 Cyclone-class patrol jobs has been the same: people. “Regardless of the specific
coastal (PC) ships. That made her the only female on board role that I play onboard a ship, my primary duty is to ensure
ship, leading a crew of three officers and 24 enlisted men. that my division, department, crew have the tools, time and
It’s seemingly an ideal blend of both structure and training so that they can do their job,” Cathey explains.
variety. The Patrol Coastal (PC) squadron consists of 13 dif- Cathey is occasionally asked about the role of women in the
ferent crews (ALPHA through MIKE) and 10 ships, five of military, as well as how appropriate it is that women serve
which are located in Little Creek, VA and five in Manama, time in combat zones. “One of the great things about my
Bahrain. The 13 crews rotate throughout the 10 ships, serv- experience in the Surface Navy is that women can and do
ing about eight to nine months on a ship in Little Creek execute every job onboard a ship, and do it quite well. We
and then six months deployed to a ship in Bahrain. have women who have served in multiple roles, from an
Cathey explains that the rotation allows for efficient Admiral commanding an expeditionary strike group to a fire-
recycling of both equipment and personnel. “While we’re man turning wrenches in an engineering plant, to every job
embarked on a hull in Little Creek, each crew is completing in between,” Cathey says.

... women can and do execute every job


24 • Magazine 2009

onboard a ship, and do it quite well. – Cathey


various inspections and certifications in order to meet all Cathey believes she got part of her drive to succeed from
requirements to be eligible to deploy,” she says. “Then, while her time at Salem Academy. “Salem instills many values in
embarked on a hull in Bahrain, we conduct the oil platform its students for success in any endeavor in life. For me, Salem
defense mission in the Northern Arabian Gulf in support of provided a wonderful environment that allowed me to just be
Operations ‘Iraqi’ and ‘Enduring Freedom.’ ” me, gave me the confidence to believe in myself, allowed me
Cathey is the Commanding Officer of PC Crew LIMA. to grow and constantly challenged me to do my best.”
Last summer and fall, her crew was embarked on the USS Looking ahead, Cathey believes that she will still be
SQUALL (PC 7), where they completed their training enjoying time in the Navy – training to command a ship at
cycle. Then they had the opportunity to participate in two sea, again – as well as embarking upon new adventures in her
fleet exercises and conducted a port visit to Wilmington, personal life. “I hope to be balancing my naval career with
in Cathey’s home state of North Carolina. Following that being a wife and mother,” she says.
HISTORIC CAMPAIGN
COMPLETED
Salem’s historic comprehensive $75 million campaign friends, family, faculty and staff. We are deeply grateful for
officially ended on May 1, 2009. A total of $76,024,439 all the effort, time and treasure that produced this historic
was raised. These monies were applied to endowment for fundraising.
both the Academy and the College, capital and restoration
Ann Stone Hanes A’71,
projects, annual fund, planned/deferred gifts and programs.
We received 15 gifts of $1 million or more; a total of 155
new endowment funds; and a total of 2,239 new donors to chair o� the Combined Cam�ai�n, says,
Salem.
This wonderful achievement was accomplished only “Hats off to Salem!”
through the dedication and generosity of all of Salem’s

Former Head of SchooL Honored


Burkette Receives Comenius Award
Calder Womble, Howard Gray, Gordon and Copey Hanes
and Archie K. Davis.
Burkette has excelled in all five categories. He received
his bachelor’s degree from UNC-Chapel Hill, where he was
a Morehead Scholar; his M.Div. and D.D. degrees from
Moravian Theological Seminary; and his D.Min. from
Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, VA.
Burkette is currently the president of the Provincial
Elders Conference (PEC) of the Moravian Church in
America, Southern Province. Before that, he was Head of
School at Salem Academy from 1994-2006. He has held

25 • Salem Academy
The Reverend Dr. D. Wayne Burkette, longtime Salem past positions with Salem Academy and College, including
supporter and former Head of School for Salem Academy, vice president, 1997-2006; chaplain and chief planning of-
received the John Amos Comenius Award of Distinction ficer, 1992-1994; and chaplain, 1990-1992. He has served
during ceremonies held as part of the annual Founder’s Day as a member of the Salem Academy and College Board of
celebration on April 17 at Salem Academy and College. Trustees and Board of Visitors.
The Comenius Award is named for John Amos Come- Burkette has held several area pastorates, including
nius, an early Moravian bishop and advocate of universal those at Fairview Moravian Church, Home Moravian
education. The award, last bestowed by Salem in 2004, is Church and Olivet Moravian Church.
given to individuals who meet one or more of these crite- He has served on a number of boards, including the
ria: longstanding service to Salem; exceptional professional Moravian Theological Seminary, the Board of World Mis-
and/or artistic achievement; significant leadership in public sions, the NC Association of Independent Schools (presi-
affairs; outstanding community service; or distinguished dent, 2003-05) and the Morehead Scholarship Selection
scholarly achievement. The selection is made by a commit- Committee.
tee consisting of the Board of Trustees chair, the presidents He is married to Nancy Witherspoon Burkette and they
of the Academy and the College alumnae associations; two reside in Pfafftown, NC. They have two daughters, both of
trustees; a former award recipient; and the president of the whom graduated from Salem College: Allison Burkette-
combined institution. Past award winners have included Tschumper C’93 and Amanda Burkette Grimstead C’97.
Alumna Profile
Jaqui Moore Sherrill A’98
Meet Jaqui Moore Sher- Sherrill says she would tell any young woman at the
rill, A’98 and a native of Academy to consider her career path. “N.C. State was the
Winston-Salem. By day she’s best experience of my life – I met my husband there; mov-
a professional IT consultant ing to D.C. was a huge personal accomplishment that I
in Washington, D.C.; by did on my own; and cheering for the Redskins has literally
night (and on weekends), she shown me the world.”
dons the outfit of a Washing- She expects her world to be once more centered upon
ton Redskins cheerleader and North Carolina in the years to come, after her time with the
dances, kicks and smiles her Redskins has ended. “I see myself in five years back in N.C.,
way through a rigorous game. either putting my chemistry degree to good use or continu-
Sherrill spends about 40 ing my career in IT,” Sherrill says.
hours per week in her day
job, then more after-hours as a Redskins cheerleader. She re-
hearses two evenings each week, for five hours per rehearsal,
not to mention the promotions, community events, travel
SAVE THE DATE
AND the pre-season and regular season football games.
“I have cheered and danced all of my life, always having
to balance it with school (Salem Academy), college (NC
May 1, 2010
State University, where she majored in chemistry) and for the
career, and now with family,” explains Sherrill, who married
Scooter Sherrill, her college sweetheart and a former NC Salem Academy
State basketball star, this past May. Spring Auction
and Show
Sherrill believes that her Salem Academy education is
partly responsible for her ability to juggle many different
roles at one time. “I recall the stress of learning all of Dr.
East’s vocabulary words or writing five-page papers over- In conjunction with this spring’s theater
night … I remember the discipline to meet with Dr. Martin production “Jane Eyre (The Musical)”
for my physics class,” she recalls.
there will be a dinner party and auction.
By the time she reached N.C. State University, Sherrill
26 • Magazine 2009

says she was more than prepared for life inside and outside It will be hosted by the Salem Academy
the classroom. “When I opted to join the dance team, I Parents’ Association, and take place following
knew I could handle it.” the Saturday, May 1st performance. There
Sherrill says she loved the Redskins from the time she will be the also be performances on
was a child. “Growing up in N.C., before there were the Thursday, Friday and Sunday.
Panthers, there were the Redskins,” she says. “My father was
a die-hard fan along with everyone else I knew. We watched
If you would like to help with this event,
the games together, and I ‘performed’ during commercials.”
Sherrill has been with the Redskins cheerleading squad please contact Auction Committee Chair,
now for three seasons, and says the best part is that she’s Carol Harris, at CHarris@triad.rr.com or
able to perform “with 40 of my closest friends!” As for the Parents’ Association Chair, Belinda Musso,
challenges, “In the NFL, we are highly respected entertain- at bmusso@triad.rr.com. We are seeking
ers. This means cheerleading is not just my hobby anymore, donations of items such as collectibles,
it is my job as well. In any job, whether you love it or are use of vacation homes and the like to
hoping for another opportunity, you have to always be
truly make this a wonderful event
professional and know your material.”
and raise money for the Academy.
Salem Trivia Challen�e
Are you up on your Salem history? Take 6. The Salem inspector / president who
the Salem Academy and College Trivia served for the longest term was:
Challenge. Check your answers at a. G. Benjamin Reichel
www.salemacademy.com/trivia. b. John H. Clewell
c. Howard Rondthaler
1. The image that ultimately became the Sa- d. Dale H. Gramley
lem seal was based on a class pin designed
for the Class of: 7. Emma Lehman, teacher of English and
a. 1899 b. 1907 amateur botanist, discovered a plant that
c. 1914 d. 1920 (for a time) was considered to be an
original find–Monotropsis lehmani. This
2. In the early 1970s, consideration was plant was a kind of:
given to building an INDOOR pool in the a. Buttercup
basement of: b. Lily
a. Main Hall c. Aster
b. History Wing d. Indian pipe
c. Rondthaler Science Building
d. Corrin Refectory 8. The Great Storm that felled most of the
oak trees in Salem Square and along Cedar
3. The name of the first printed Salem Avenue in God’s Acre occurred in May of:

27 • Salem Academy
annual was: a. 1978 b. 1984
a. The Ivy b. Sights and Insights c. 1989 d. 1993
c. SemFem d. Pinafore
9. The building now known as Salem Acad-
4. The motto on the Salem Seal is: emy was built and dedicated in:
a. Gamma Delta Alpha a. 1919 b. 1924
b. Delta Alpha Gamma c. 1930 d. 1937
c. Alpha Kappa Gamma
d. Gamma Kappa Delta 10. The Salem Academy colors are:
a. Purple and Gold
5. The names of the TWO student literary b. Gold and White
societies at Salem were the: c. White and Purple
a. Phythian and Hesperian d. Green and White
b. Hesperian and Euterpean
c. Euterpean and Ephesian
d. Ephesian and Phythian
Alumna Profile
A Q&A with Amber Gruner A’08
Q: You decided Q: What were your primary
to take a gap responsibilities?
year between A: I made home visits and hosted group meetings for
the Academy and parents, and then I also planned at least one community
college. What led service project each month (though I usually did several
you to think about more). My responsibilities at the center included tutoring
this in the first children after school, transporting medical patients to
place? appointments, taking care of the farm and generally being a
A: There were several good neighbor.
factors involved in my
choice to take a year Q: You were one of the Academy’s top
off of school. At the students. What did the Academy do
Academy, I gained an incredible amount of knowledge to prepare you for your experience in
in the classroom; I learned much more than I could Kentucky?
even remember. I learned about life in a dorm, about A: Being a successful student at Salem takes a lot of hard
teamwork, about public speaking. And as a result of this work and excellent-time management skills. I’ve definitely
knowledge I gained a lot of confidence. But I felt like my worked hard this year, even though I haven’t done much
confidence was bolstered by the comfort of the known. academic work at all. And there have been several days
I had confidence, but only because I knew that others where it was hard to get everything done in the day (much
had confidence in me–that was easy. My main reason like my experience at Salem). For a few crazy weeks this
for taking a gap year was so that I could try real life for a winter I worked with another girl to help a family (with
while. five kids, four of them girls) get rid of lice. It took several
hours a day to comb through the children’s hair, so I had
Q: What do you mean by “trying real to manage my time extremely well to get everything else
life?” done. Another thing I learned as a student as the Academy
A: I wanted to learn outside of the classroom. I wanted was that it wasn’t worth it if I wasn’t having fun and I wasn’t
to see to what extent my confidence and book-knowledge learning. This year I’ve made sure that both are happening.
would help me in the real world, and to what extent it Even when I was working with the kids to get rid of lice,
28 • Magazine 2009

wouldn’t. I knew I was good at school, and I had been I still had a great time interacting with the children, and I
comfortable with that for four years. I wanted to try learned a LOT about patience, diligence and sacrifice.
something that would challenge me in different ways; I
wanted to be uncomfortable for a while. This is not to Q: What were you perhaps NOT as
say that Salem didn’t challenge me. It definitely did. I was prepared for in terms of your gap-year
just looking for a new kind of challenge. experience?
A: In coming here this year, I was not prepared to develop
Q: You signed on with AmeriCorps relationships with people very different from me. At
for your gap year. Tell me about the the Academy, I went to school with girls who were very
organization. culturally diverse, but I made my closest friends with people
A: I was in Kentucky serving in AmeriCorps at a non- who thought like I did. This year, I haven’t really had that
profit called Lend-A-Hand Center. The center is in opportunity, which has, in a way, been a blessing. Here,
the mountains of southeastern Kentucky – an area I’ve befriended people unlike myself. My friends here come
culturally and politically known as Appalachia. The from a very different background than I do, and it’s been
program I served in is called SUCCESS Corps, and my a great learning experience for me, just conversing and
program’s goals were to implement the Parents as Teachers interacting with them. It’s been rewarding (and humbling)
curriculum – a set of child-development information for to have my thoughts and opinions challenged by the people
parents of children ages 0-3. here.
Regional alumnae events
reconnect Academy classmates
and friends

Q: What are your plans now that your gap


year is over?
A: This fall I will be attending Grinnell College in Iowa. I
don’t have an intended major yet, but I’m very interested
in pursuing a career in community development. My gap
year has given me more of an idea of what it means to be
a part of and build communal relationships. But whatever
I do, I want to be involved in my work on a personal
level—I want to get to know people, hear their stories,
learn about where they’re coming from. I want to help NYC – Vivian Cabral Susan A’92, Jennifer Gabriele A’94
people, sure, but I’m more interested in getting to know and Natalia Moreno Gallagher A’96
people’s strengths and talents and thus helping them help
themselves.

Q: Would you recommend a gap-year


experience to other young people? Why
or why not?
A: It’s been an amazing experience for me, but I wouldn’t
recommend it for everyone. Some girls might be perfectly
happy with going straight to college, which is great. They
probably have a clear career path in mind, and I think
they should pursue that, if it’s something they enjoy. I Coral Bay Club, Atlantic Beach, NC – Mary-Hannah
didn’t have a specific plan in mind, so my gap year helped Finch Taft A’56 and Lara Moore Howe C’93
me to define my focus, and gain more of the real-world
experience I was looking for. I recommend a gap year to
young women (or men) who feel like they want some
experiences that are just as rewarding as college, but that
are in a non-academic setting—like I said, it’s a different
kind of learning.

29 • Salem Academy
Q: Any last words of wisdom?
A: To really grow and get something great out of this kind
of experience, you’ve got to push yourself out of your
Asheville, NC – Kay Harrold A’62 and De De Swift A’68
comfort-zone. There’s no point in taking a gap year if it
isn’t going to challenge you. Comfortable people don’t
learn, and they don’t usually change the world (for the
better, at least).

Charlotte Young Alumnae – Peaches May C’96,


Julie Jernigan A’98 and Felicia Richardson A’98
{Salem Academy Reunion Weekend}

Class of 1939
Margaret Kolb
30 • Magazine 2008

Class of 1949
First Row: Gwen Hamer Griswold, Eleanor Dunbar Grasselli,
Bettie Schiffman Chandgie, Margaret McIntosh, Sally Couch Vilas, Marilyn Moore Davis
Second Row: Lavone Burton Beebe, Rebecca Scholl Schenck, Caroline Siler Hill,
Lucy Wright Jones, Fay Sylvester Arnold, Pamela Wright Inkley
{April 17-19, 2009}

Class of 1959
First Row: Lucie Niceley Mays, Susan Hardwick Martin, Page Bradham Kizer, Jean Montgomery Carney Meegie Rogers Glass
Second Row: Lynn Sharpe Hill, Julia Arnold Morey, Fran Steward Bryan, Valerie McLanahan Goetz,
Carol Robert Armstrong, Janet Paulin Baker, Marty Dancy Eubank, Kay Kearns Maynard

31 • Salem Academy

Class of 1964 *Class of 1974


First Row: Midg West Stackhouse Left to Right: Ann Clarke and Deborah Thies Daniels
Second Row: Sharon Davis Jennings,
Molly Roper Jenkins, Brooke Johnson Suiter

* Due to space the Class of 1969 photo can be found on page 32.
{Salem Academy Reunion Weekend}

*Class of 1969
First Row: Jacqueline Boyce, Kelly Sprinkle Treiber, Mary Smiley Johnson,
Terry Strader McAllister, Elizabeth Cloud Monroe, Elizabeth Greene
Second Row: Janis Hooper Grayson, Sallie Brinson Cunningham, Rochelle Green Long, Debbie Sieker Boddiford,
Betsy Freeman Fox, Michele Montel Haywood, Jennifer Spoon, Pepper Van Noppen, Tina Ide Fast
32 • Magazine 2008

Class of 1979
First Row: Lee Burroughs Bradway, Katherine Lee Johnson, Martha Riggs Lowry, Kathryn Hardegree Johnson
Second Row: Kimberly Carman Worthley, Fran Honeycutt Arrowood, Joie Potter Ray,
Mary Maxwell Frothingham, Ann Boger Wert

* Due to space the Class of 1974 photo can be found on page 31.
{April 17-19, 2009}

Class of 1984
First Row: Tracy Arledge Craig, Julia Cardwell Archer, Lucille Wampler Niessen, Robbin Pierce
Second Row: Leah Yama P’Simer, Charlene Leonard, Beth Madry, Melissa Ashby Daniels,
Caroline Weston Stopyra, Beth Deaton Easton, Donna Dunford Biggs

33 • Salem Academy

Class of 1989
First Row: Haynes Brawley Paschall, Leslie Compton Kass, Hillary Greason,
Carole Thompson Hord, Helen Johnson Denny, Louisa Boyd Snyder
Second Row: Anna Long, Kelly Jacobus Scott, Catherine Turner Greene, Shana Burnett Snyder, Jody King Cheek
{Salem Academy Reunion Weekend}

Class of 1994
First Row: Karen Medlin Morgan, Catherine Dunn George, Justine Eliason Maher, Sidney Shelton Youngs
Second Row: Jennifer Gabriele, Laura Sides Watson
34 • Magazine 2008

Class of 1999
First Row: Heather Davis, Jenna Petersen, Jessica Mills, Emma Merritt, Monica Moore
Second Row: Chrissy May, Mary Smith Isaacs, Beth Schlanker, Andrea Peabody Westmoreland
{April 17-19, 2009}

Class of 2004
Top Row: Sophie Broaddus, Meredith Bryson, Jen Poe, Emily Phillips
Second Row: Jenny Manzullo, Madeline Shoemaker, Katie Pring, Elyse Stiner, Barrett Milliken
Third Row: Darcel Walker, Ashley Guild, Kasey Tucker, Ann Marie Edquist
Fourth Row: Dee Gray, Beth Lowder, Meghan Dunham Johnson, Leigh Ann Stainback, Katie O’Connor
Fifth Row: Catherine Goodnight, Erin Doyle, Ashely Winfree

35 • Salem Academy

Head of School Karl Sjolund was happy to accept a check for $124,244 from Alumnae Board president
Julia Cardwell Archer A’84 during the reunion luncheon. The check represented the amount of
all cash gifts and pledges made to the Academy by alumnae during 2009.
{Legacy Photos}

Pictured above (starting at top left):


36 • Magazine 2008

1) Anna Shoemaker A’10 (right) with sister Madeline Shoemaker A’04


2) Erynn Stainback A’11 (right) with sister Leigh Ann Stainback A’04
3) Juli Draper A’09 (center) with cousins Joanna Yoho A’03 and Sarah Yoho A’01
4) Luca Molnoar A’09 with sister Fruzsina Molnar A’06
5) Adrian Mikol A’09 and sister Brianna Mikol A’08
6) Molly DeCristo A’09 and sister Daniela DeCristo A’12
7) Quinn Cartall A’09 and sister Talia Cartall A’12

Many of these legacy photos are taken during Reunion Weekend and Graduation, how-
ever we would love more! If you have a legacy photo, please send it to the Alumnae Office.
new book, the third of the Maus stories, by Dr. John Hutton to play the trumpet, just in time to participate in the Easter
is coming soon, starring Sister Maus of the Single Sisters House Sunrise celebrations from Bethabara to Salem. A magical tale,
and her many friends Easter Maus brings
in Salem of 1785. A together the best of
tale as fresh as Spring the artist’s imagination
and illustrated with and historical accuracy.
bright and colorful The Author’s Notes
watercolors, Easter included in each Sister
Maus: A Third Small Maus book contains
Tale of Sisters House, valuable information
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Winston-Salem, North Carolina 27101

Do you know these students pictured in this photograph from the


Academy archives? And if so, do you know for what event they are
decorating? If you have clues, please send to megan.ratley@salem.edu and
we will post the answers on the website: www.salemacademy.com.