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  • Assistant Headmaster for Admissions and College Counseling Appointed

    Woodberry Forest School will welcome Scott Schamberger as assistant headmaster for admissions and college counseling on July 1, 2015. In this new senior administrative position, Scott will oversee our relationship with our students and their families beginning with their early interest in the school and continuing through their admission, and enrollment, and college matriculation.

    “This is a very important position for Woodberry Forest,” said Headmaster Byron Hulsey ’86. “We mounted a very competitive search, and Scott emerged as the candidate with the experience, enthusiasm, and personality to make the most of this opportunity. I am excited to work with him on behalf of the boys already at Woodberry and those who will join us in the years to come.”

    Scott comes to the Forest from Randolph School in Huntsville, Alabama, where, as director of institutional advancement, he is responsible for admissions, development, communications, and parent and alumni relations. Before joining the Randolph faculty five years ago, he worked at Emory University for ten years, primarily in the office of undergraduate admission; he concluded his service there as associate dean of admission operations. Scott earned a BS in biology from Emory University and an MEd in educational administration and policy from the University of Georgia. He is currently working toward earning a PhD in educational policy studies from Georgia State University. He and his wife, Tracy, have a daughter and are expecting their second child in September.

    Scott will join the faculty as Harrison Stuart ’98, Woodberry’s assistant headmaster and director of admissions, departs to become founding head of the new Episcopal School of Nashville. Harrison has been a member of the Woodberry faculty since 2010.
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  • Charlie Lovett ’80 Visits Woodberry Forest

    Charlie Lovett ’80, the bestselling author of The Bookman's Tale and First Impressions, two literary-themed novels, visited Woodberry Forest School on April 22, 2015. Invited by English department chair Ted Blain, Charlie spoke to several classes, some of which had been assigned his first novel, a mystery about Shakespeare's true identity.

    To illustrate a lesson surrounding The Bookman's Tale, Charlie showed students a typewritten and red-penned paper he had written for Woodberry teacher Pat Bassett. When he took questions, one boy asked whether Charlie planned to write a book set at Woodberry Forest. While the writer made no such promise, the question led to a discussion of the rich literary tradition of the boarding school novel.

    Charlie remembered several Woodberry influences that led to his current success as a writer. "We didn't do much creative writing in English class," he said, "but my Algebra II teacher required us to write a paper every two weeks. I would write little mystery stories that could be solved by figuring out a math equation." But he credits his trimester with Richard and Wendy MacKenzie's Woodberry in Britain program with sparking his interest in England and Shakespeare. "Without the MacKenzies, The Bookman's Tale wouldn't exist," said the part-time resident of England's Cotswolds.
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  • Holocaust Survivor Esther Bauer Shares Her Story

    “The first twenty years I couldn’t talk about it, and the second twenty years nobody wanted to hear. It has been in the last twenty-five years that people became more and more interested in what I had to say.”
    Esther Bauer visited Woodberry Forest School on April 20, 2015, to talk about her horrifying experiences as a Jewish prisoner in four Nazi Germany concentration camps. With great optimism, hope, and even humor, she talked directly to the hearts of the Woodberry audience, which was fascinated with the incredible story of her life. In a very moving lecture, she reminded all community members of their responsibility to never forget in order to protect the future. Her visit was initiated by Jannis Stöter ’16, this year’s ASSIST scholar from Germany, who had met Esther for the first time two-and-one-half years ago when he had participated in a European theater project in remembrance of the Holocaust.
    Born in Hamburg, Germany, in 1924, Esther experienced firsthand how things became progressively worse for her Jewish family immediately after the Nazi party had taken over power in 1933. Only nine years later, she, her mother, and her father were deported to Theresienstadt and made prisoners “from one minute to another,” as Esther recalled. Her father, Dr. Alberto Jonas, died a few days later of “a broken heart rather than the sickness,” in Esther’s words. Having been in Theresienstadt for almost two years, she married her Czech friend Honza, who was sent to build up a new camp near Dresden shortly after their marriage. Esther followed him, leaving behind her mother. However, when she found Polish names on the train, she immediately realized that the Nazis had lied and that she was on her way to Auschwitz. She never saw Honza again. Esther’s mother followed her to Auschwitz, where she was also murdered, but Esther survived. After she had been brought to Freiberg, Esther eventually landed in Mauthausen, where American soldiers finally liberated her on May 5, 1945. Esther immigrated to the United States in 1946 and is now living in New York City. A few years ago, she received the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany.
    Along with her biography, Esther shared some very personal moments with the audience. She talked about how she had accidentally met one of the Americans who had liberated her at her hairdresser’s. In addition, Esther mentioned the only object from her imprisonment that she has kept over the years — a homemade aluminum comb, a piece of luxury that she acquired when she was building airplane parts in Freiberg.
    Today she travels with Bill Engel, an American World War II veteran she met twelve years ago. Bill holds the Legion of Honor, the highest French civilian award.
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