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  • STudenT LiFe AT Woodberry ForeST SchooL june 2014

    going grill-to-grill at Spring barbecueteaM Mexico takes hoMe First prize in judged coMpetition

    Smoke filled the lawn when the tenth annual spring barbecue competition brought together eight student barbecue teams representing re-gional grilling styles from around the country and the world. While cooking meat over flames sounds simple, the process started long before the big Saturday. Under the supervision of a faculty sponsor and with the help of the kitchen staff and the grounds crew, each student team worked hard planning their entry, cook-ing it, presenting the finished product to a panel of judges, and serving it to a hungry crowd. They rounded up recipes often containing closely guarded secrets ordered ingredients, and prepped their food in the schools kitchen. Some teams set up shifts in the early morning hours to watch over slow-cooked meats from the comfort of hammocks theyd strung up in the surrounding trees.Team Mexicos Cochinita Pibil, a barbecued pork shoulder soft taco with pickled onions and pine-apple salsa, proved to be the judges favorite. Other teams represented the barbecue traditions of China; Korea; Lexington, North Carolina; Eastern North Carolina; Texas; Canada; and Alabama.We had a varied and energetic representation of many regions with great meat-grill-ing traditions, said Jason Slade 90, associate director for enrollment and interna-tional admissions, who heads up the event. These teams of students and faculty are to be commended for their hard work and dedication and for the regional pride they shared with the whole community.

    125 years of educating boys

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    genius grant Winner Returns to the ForestMacarthur FelloW Works With

    student Writers

    Woodberry Forest was honored this spring with a week-long visit from one of its alums, MacArthur Fellow Donald Antrim 77. He came to talk to English classes and to lead a group of eleven students in a writing workshop. Each young writer shared a short story or memoir and received feedback from their peers and Donald during the three-night session. The workshop was a great way to learn both how to be a better writer and a better editor, said one of the participants. A Brown University graduate and the writer of three novels and a memoir, Donald frequently publishes fiction and nonfiction in The New Yorker and teaches writing at Columbia Univer-sity. Ted Blain, Woodberrys English department chair, and John Reimers, Donalds Woodberry adviser, invited him to visit Woodberry. Donald was selected by the Mac-Arthur Foundation to receive its genius grant, a $625,000 prize, in 2013. News of the award came out of the blue, via a telephone call he received while riding over the Manhattan Bridge in a taxicab. He compares the mission of the MacArthur Foundation to aspects of Woodberrys purpose: Both take care of people so they can rise to a challenge and make a better world.

    Image courtesy of the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

  • 2 Woodberry Forest school125 years of educating boys

    student snapshot

    Andrew Hope 14Andrew Hope, a senior from Cary, North Carolina, is a top-tier diver on Woodberrys swimming and diving team, a Bible-study leader, and a student ambassador for the admissions depart-ment. With his non-stop smile, Andrew loves welcom-ing prospective students to campus and giving them a behind-the-scenes look at Woodberry life.

    Why do you like being a student ambassador?

    Ive probably given over sixty tours since I was a fourth former. Its always great to meet the future of Woodberry Forest!

    What do you remember about your tour when you were a prospect?

    Well, I remember it was a rainy day! I noticed how many people would greet my mom and me and start a conversation with us. I knew it was a place where people would help me get around.

    What are the most common questions prospects and parents ask?

    Im always asked how the food is; I talk about my favorite Woodberry meals and about the Fir Tree snack bar. And the boys usually want to know when we see girls. Thats when I tell them about the mixers and dances theyll be invited to and other opportunities they'll have to meet girls.

    What personal touches do you bring to your tours?

    I like talking about the friendships Ive made at Woodberry. I also mention the honor system and how Ive never had anything stolen from my library carrel, even though I leave my computer and my wallet there sometimes.

    What are your plans for your future?

    I got a fellowship to take a gap year at Saint Felix School in Suffolk, England, with the English-Speak-ing Union Secondary School Exchange. Im hoping that experience will help me build on my academic preparation for college.

    Spring in the Forest

    Local Kids Enjoy Woodberry's Ropes Coursejoseph baggett 15 organizes aFternoon visit

    Recently, a dozen kids from the Boys and Girls Club of Orange arrived at Woodberry's ropes course ready for a challenge. The effort was coordinated by fifth former Joseph Baggett, all in the name of community service. Joseph planned everything himself with minimal adult involvement. He recruited volunteers to belay climbers and facilitate activities, communicated with the directors at the Boys and Girls Club, and made sure everyone was safe. With his team of student helpers, he

    led groups in low-ropes activities and assaults on both the Alpine Tower and the Carolina Climbing Wall. Before leaving campus, the guests got a turn on the big swing.

    The young participants were grateful for the experience. One summed up the afternoon: My favorite part was the whole thing!

    Warmer weather means new adventures for Tigers! A sampling of springtime activities includes one-club golf, informal corn hole competitions, the drama department production (this year it was The Three Muskateers), the Formal, and sand volleyball at the pool.

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    Woodberry alum Frank Tallman returned to teach history at Woodberry in 2004. A graduate of Vander-bilt University, Frank finished a graduate degree at Dartmouth College while working at the Forest. He and his wife, Tricia, and their three children, Parker, 8, Mason, 6, and Greta, 3, live on campus and fully participate in the life of the school. The little Tallmans like to hang out on the sidelines when hes coaching Bengal lacrosse Woodberrys no-cut team for novice players and varsity soccer, eat in the dining room, and hang out with their 400 big brothers.

    How does being a Woodberry alum help you be a better Woodberry master?

    Though I have sprouted a few gray hairs recent-ly, I am often seen by the boys as "one of them" because I have gone through the privileges and challenges that define a Woodberry boy.Where have you traveled that relates to your teaching?

    For my sabbatical, I went to Normandy to tour all the D-Day sites and tour the WWI battle-fields near Verdun. I toured an area where my great-great-uncle fought, died, and is buried.

    This summer I will take a course at Oxford Univer-sity on the ancient Greeks and Romans.What trips do you and your students take?

    Every year, I take my students to James Madison's Montpelier, to various Civil War battlefields in the area, and to Harpers Ferry, WV, and Sharpsburg, MD, to view sites associated with John Brown's Raid and Lee's Maryland Campaign of 1862.What is fun about coaching Bengal lacrosse?

    It is amazing to teach a sport to a boy who has no experience and watch him improve as the sea-son continues. The energy, attitude, and physical aspects of a team of third and fourth formers is awesome. I love to see my former Bengal lacrosse players on varsity a few years later.

    Not Your Typical Summer Jobcleaning and studying the rapidan river

    This summer, four recent Woodberry graduates will return to the Forest to work for Stream Sweepers, a non-profit based in nearby Orange. Kiefer Mc-Dowell, Perry Hammond, Kav Gillespie, and Davis Teague all members of the Class of 2014 will help to clear trash and debris along twenty miles of the Rapidan River, including much of Woodberry's southern property line. They will also collect data about the river's ecological health to provide a quick snapshot that will help guide future conservation efforts.

    Now in its second year, Stream Sweepers is a local organization that does not receive any government funding. Instead, the group taps into grassroots fundraising methods and community support. Its goal is to increase community involvement and shared responsibility for the environment.

    faculty feature

    Frank Tallman 95

    everyone at Woodberry (including teachers!) will be reading lost in shangri-la: a true story of survival, adventure, and the Most incredible rescue Mission of World War ii by Mitchell zuckoff during the break. Want more recommendations? go to the library page on the Woodberry website, where you will find the complete summer reading list! www.woodberry.org/academics/library

    Lazy-hazy-crazy days of Summer Reading!

    Sports Honorsrecent aWards and accolades For aluMni, coaches, and students

    Two WFS alums have recently moved to the major ranks in their sports. Ed Reynolds 10 was picked in the fifth round of the NFL draft by the Philadelphia Eagles, and has signed a four-year deal with the team. Spencer Medick 09 was the first overall pick in the Frontier League baseball draft; he is now part of the Arizona Diamondbacks major league organization.

    Woodberry is proud to have four Prep League coaches of the year: Ben Hale for cross country, Curtis Phillips for indoor and outdoor track and field, David Budlong for wrestling, and Marc Hogan for golf.

    Track season was overwhelmed with individual and team awards. Outdoor track won first

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