As we prepare to welcome 2018, St. Paul's is grateful for a wonderful 2017 and to all the generous supporters who helped make the year so successful. Join us in looking back at 10 of the School's many highlights in 2017.
1. Class of 2017 Graduates
On Saturday, June 10, the 91 members of the Class of 2017 graduated from St. Paul's. These newest alumni now attend 59 different colleges and universities in 22 states. More than 60 percent of the Class reported earning merit-based college and university scholarships.
2. Multiple Championships for the Blue & Gold
Three Crusader teams won MIAA Championships in 2017. Varsity golf won its second straight A Conference title, and eighth overall, with a 12.5-8.5 win over Loyola. Varsity basketball beat AACS, 59-47, in the B Conference championship game to take its third title in the last eight years. With a 3-2 championship game win over MSJ, JV hockey claimed its first-ever title. And wrestler Kurt McHenry '19 defeated five international opponents in the Cadet (Ages 16 and 17) World Championships to win the 101-lb. weight class gold medal and become just the third American ever to win two Cadet World titles.
3. New Projects Reshape Campus Landscape
The 3,600-square foot Nature Pavilion, honoring Janice and Skip Darrell '60, was dedicated in May and quickly utilized by students to interact with nature, learn outdoor skills, and explore problem-solving. A new 8,000-square foot Maintenance facility, housing all building and grounds staff and equipment, was completed in December. The new building increases the Maintenance Department's efficiency, and has opened up existing spaces on the main campus to be repurposed for instructional use. And a significant renovation of the main athletic stadium at Tullai Field is underway. The new grandstand, press box, and team rooms will be complete by Spring 2018.
4. Student Artists Standing in the Spotlight
STEM teamed with stage to help create the costumes for the Middle School's spectacular joint musical production of "The Lion King, Jr." The joint Upper School show "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying," the Lower School production of "Annie," and multiple gallery shows of woodworking projects and visual arts paintings and drawings were just a few examples of the vibrant arts program that nurtured and spotlighted the shared talents of students at St. Paul's and SPSG.
5. Crusaders Earn National Recognition
Faculty, administrators, and alumni alike earned national recognition for their expertise and contributions to private education. Trustee Emeritus Jim Price IV '42 received the nation's top award in recognition of lifetime leadership in developing philanthropic support for an independent school. Director of College Counseling Jake Talmage was voted President-Elect of the mid-Atlantic chapter of the nation's top college counseling association. And Headmaster Dave Faus published a feature article in the National Association of Independent Schools' magazine, highlighting the School's innovative approach to tailoring professional development to teachers' specific needs at different points in their career arc.
6. Recent Graduates Notch Major Achievements
A trio of young alumni recorded major accomplishments before they even finished college. Garon Lizana '13, a 2017 magna cum laude graduate of Tufts University, received a Fulbright Scholarship (the fifth awarded to a St. Paul's graduate since 2011) to study in Hohhot, China. Billy Chizmar '17, directed, co-wrote, and acted in a short horror film, "Gone," that was selected to appear in the Edmonton Festival of Fear International Film Festival. Nick Smith '16 received a National Security Language Initiative scholarship from the U.S. Department of State to spend a pre-college year studying Arabic in Morocco.
7. Enhanced Coordination Expands Student Opportunities
St. Paul's and SPSG's Boards of Trustees continued their efforts to enhance coordination and cooperation between the Schools. The Schools teamed to hire a joint Director of Safety and Security, held a shared Professional Development day, conducted a shared Service Fair, and participated in a combined fundraiser to help St. Thomas' Episcopal School in Houston with its hurricane recovery efforts. Students in the Upper School joined forces for a shared newspaper, and participated together in the winter musical. Juniors from both Schools and their families participated in a joint College Night that attracted admissions reps from 17 colleges and universities.
8. A New Man in the Middle
Christopher Cox, a collaborative and experienced educational leader with an extensive record of achievement as an
administrator, teacher, and coach, became head of the Middle School. Chris came to us from the K-12 Ravenscroft School in Raleigh, NC, where he had served as Associate Head of the Middle School for four years. He replaces Randy Woods, whose four years as Middle School Head culminated more than 30 years at St. Paul's, and whose wide range of campus roles included Director of Admissions and Financial Aid; Director of Summer Programs; Director of Health and Wellness; math, science, and religion teacher; and coach of numerous sports at the Upper and Middle School levels.
9. Strengthening Connections with Crusader Alumni
Alumni connected at St. Paul's events on campus and at regional receptions in cities including Austin, New York, Charlotte, and beyond. The annual Bull Roast, rechristened the Brooklandwood Bash, broke records in raising more than $100,000 in support of St. Paul's, and Blue-Gold Reunion Weekend brought hundreds of Crusaders back to Brooklandville to share memories with friends and former teachers.
10. Faculty and Staff Gave Their All!
St. Paul's faculty and staff reached 100 percent participation in giving to the annual St. Paul's Fund effort, playing a key role in a record-setting campaign that generated more than $1.5 million in Fiscal Year '17. In all, more than 1,700 individuals donated $4.4 million to benefit the School's people, program, physical plant, and endowment. Thank you!