Tiger Tales January 2016
Tiger Tales January 2016
Tiger Tales January 2016
Tiger Tales January 2016

Tiger Tales January 2016

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  • The Woodberry

    CupThe Woodberry Cup is a new

    tradition that challenges teams of both students and faculty to a year of competition in athletics,

    academics, arts, and service. The winning team at the end of the year claims the cup.

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    STudenT Life aT Woodberry foreST SChooL January 2016

    WfsPn LaunchesStudent-led bROAdcASt netWORk ShAReS FOReStS eVentS

    The Forest's new student-led Woodberry Forest School Production Network (WFSPN) premiered in October by airing Gameday at the Forest to accompany live-streamed coverage of the St. Christopher's-Woodberry Forest varsity football game. The brainchild of Gray Robertson 16, WFSPN covers sports and arts events and boasts its own website. Since Gray arrived at Woodberry from Mountain Brook, Alabama, he has avidly pursued his goal of becoming a sports journalist. He hosts a weekly Internet radio show, Grays Sports Update, now in its fifth season. He also serves as the play-by-play announcer for Woodberrys football and basketball audio broadcasts, and coaches the JV and Bengal football teams.It took more than just Gray, though, to bring WFSPN to life. The student leadership board, made up of seniors Richmond Adams, Mac Hereford, Jimmy King, Win Sompayrac, and Gray, handles details like operating video cameras, creating the website, and posting to social media. WFSPN provides a platform all across Woodberry where boys can hone their skills and share their talents in writing, graphic design, filming, and performing, Gray says. He and his co-directors mentor younger guys who can pick up the ball after leadership board members graduate. I want WFSPN to give opportunities to everyone, Gray says. Age doesnt matter. What matters is that every boy has a chance to be who he wants to be.Check out WFSPN at woodberrybroadcasting.com

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    Good sportsmanship from all of us is an elemental form of character, and it is important that we all demonstrate the ability and willingness to be humble in victory, gracious in defeat, and respectful in a tie.

    f r o m t h e h e a d m a s t e r

    Woodberry Cup competitions became more intense after the trimester grand prize was announced an off-campus dinner and trip to the movies for the winning team. Recent events included a Halloween costume contest, a pumpkin-carving contest, a Woodberry Feud game show, and a Flickerball tournament. Thus far, every team has won at least one event in the Cup, says Henry Heil, Woodberrys assistant dean of students. Congrats to Moubrays Mustangs for claiming the prize! They enjoyed a delicious meal at ????Final Fall Trimester Standings1. Moubrays Mustangs 10352. Reds Raiders 9553. Glovers Grizzlies 7754. Rapidan Regiment 7605. 89ers 7256. Campbell Crazies 6757. Walkers Rangers 6358. Madison Generals 560


    Woodberry Feud

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    Remembering Tiger HeroesmilitARy AppReciAtiOn dAy hOnORS

    thOSe WhO SeRVe

    Woodberry celebrated a special day this fall honoring those who have served in the US armed forces. Many alumni, students, and faculty members gathered in Anderson Hall on October 31, 2015, to dedicate the new Wall of Honor, a display paying tribute to the Woodberry alumni who lost their lives in service to their country during World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Then, the varsity football game against St. Christopher's School opened with a Presentation of Colors

    by the US Marine Corps Ceremonial Platoon based in Quantico, Virginia. Football players wore special camouflage jerseys for the game, which the Tigers won 4814.

    Woodberry Forest thanks its military members, past and present, for their service.

    student spotlight

    Jimmy King 16Jimmy King, a senior from Greensboro, North Carolina, contributes to school life in so many ways that his name is a familiar one around the Forest. The soccer co-captain runs the 400m on the track and field team, is a photographer, and brings his tech skills to Woodberry Forest School Production Network (WFSPN).

    What are some ways youve been able to pursue your interests at Woodberry?My teachers have helped me discover new interests. Im especially excited about completing a Senior Distinction by pursuing a special project during my last month at the Forest. I have already talked with some teachers about my proposal to design a compressed air-powered motor.You traveled to the Galapagos Islands on a Woodberry study abroad trip last summer. What was your favorite part of the trip?The highlight for me was learning about the obscure wildlife in the Galapagos and swimming with wild sea lions and penguins. I took a lot of photos of the animals and showed them in my own photo exhibition in the Upper Walker Gallery of Woodberrys fine arts center.How were you involved in the first WFSPN broadcast?We broadcasted our first varsity football game on October 31, and we were still getting used to our equipment. As we were about to go live, we discovered the cameras werent working and we couldnt connect to the wi-fi. But we managed to pull off our first broadcast, and, even though it was stressful, the announcers named me the Man of the Match because I managed to get all the equipment functioning properly.What advice would you give a prospective student about making the most of their time at Woodberry?Woodberry is a place where, yes, grades matter. But its also a place where the focus should be on the entire experience. Enjoy the moment, enjoy your friends, enjoy your surroundings. I will never take this experience for granted because there is no other place like it.

    Dancing for the KidsFiRSt WOOdbeRRy FOReSt dAnce

    mARAthOn RAiSeS FundS FOR childRen

    The boys in Woodberrys Swing Dance Club love to dance with girls from the local community, so they created an exciting new opportunity to do just that. My classmate Jared Thalwitz and I got the idea to host a dance marathon to raise money for the Childrens Miracle Network, says Rob Prater 16. The duo and their leadership team began planning the marathon over the summer.

    Not only did they need to persuade friends and family members to sponsor them, but they also had to find donors to provide food, entertainment, and t-shirts for the crowd. My proudest moment during the planning phase was raising enough money to hold a big event, says Rob.

    When the big day arrived in late October, over one hundred Woodberry students and girls from Chatham Hall were ready for ten hours of music, dancing, food, and games. Student DJs provided custom mixes; a pumpkin-carving contest produced some creative masterpieces; and games, puzzles, and a photo booth kept everyone entertained.

    After the last song played, the boys learned that the marathon brought in more than $7,000 to support the University of Virginia Children's Hospital. WOOdbeRRy FOReStdAnce mARAthOn

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    making it WorkintRO tO engineeRing cOuRSe chAllengeS innOVAtORS

    Creativity is on the syllabus in Introduction to Engineering. The popular hands-on elective fosters invention and innovation in its students, who team up to build towers from drinking straws or catapults from ordinary lumber.

    Along the way, they use knowledge and skills gained in their math and science classes to solve real-world problems. To cite one example, the boys used what they learned about projectile motion mechanics in their third-form physics course to develop

    a computer program that modeled the path of the pumpkins they fired from their catapults, says Cameron Aubin, the courses creator and teacher.

    There is no textbook. Course material is presented through selections from journals and periodicals which touch on electrical, computer, mechanical, and biomedical engineering along with computer-aided design and robotics.

    More than learning about the field of engineering, boys also practice collaboration and creativity. Engineering is an inherently collaborative discipline, says Mr. Aubin, who earned a degree in biomedical engineering from Duke. Boys spend most of this class working together in groups. He encourages students to come up with new ideas. I always encourage the team to think creatively for better results. To quote a former professor of mine, If it worksit works.

    Decking the Halls

    alumni spotlight

    When Chip Brierre 10 of Richmond, Virginia, decided to stop playing varsity football, Coach Clint Alexander offered to keep him involved with the team. Chip signed on as the Tigers videographer, which led him to a career in broadcast journalism. He is currently a TV sports anchor at WRIC in his hometown.

    How did Woodberry help you become a TV sports anchor?Being the football team videographer and doing game analysis with Greg Jacobs on radio broadcasts were both important. I also gained stage experience when I played Franz Liebkind in The Producers and Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird. I learned from drama teacher Brent Cirves how to have good stage presence and hit the accents on words to deliver a punch. I use these skills when Im reporting and anchoring.What were your favorite Woodberry moments?My friendships developed over a milkshake or a bacon, egg, and cheese bagel in the Fir Tree snack bar. I also remember the Senior Shake after my very last St. Andrews Chapel service, hugging everyone and thanking them for all the amazing lessons theyd shared. That brought me to tears.Where did you go to college and what did you study?I attended the University of Miami in Florida, where I earned a degree in broadcast journalism and sports administration. While there, I worked as a videographer for the Hurricanes f