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2018

  • Yeonmi Park Delivers Fitzpatrick Lecture

     
    North Korean defector and human rights activist Yeonmi Park delivered the forty-fifth annual Fitzpatrick Lecture at Woodberry Forest School on September 13, 2018. Ms. Park escaped from North Korea in 2007, when she was thirteen years old, and gained international prominence as a speaker, human rights activist, and author.
     
    Ms. Park told students that the concept of human rights could not be learned while living in North Korea, where citizens are told what to think and what to do. Words like “rights,” “love,” and even “I” do not exist there, she said. As she shared the story of her defection, she explained that watching an illegal copy of The Titanic and seeing the lights of China in the distance helped her and her family decide to make the risky journey to China.
     
     
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  • Woodberry Opens 130th School Year

    Woodberry Forest School welcomed 127 new boys to campus Sunday, August 26 as it began its 130th year.

    This year’s student body of 395 boys hails from twenty-three states and the District of Columbia, as well as more than twenty countries around the world.

    The senior prefect, selected earlier this month by a vote of his fellow prefects during a retreat in Colorado, is Dylan Walmsley of Charlottesville, Virginia. Dylan, who will serve as a prefect on Turner Hall, is a member of the Cum Laude Society and plays varsity soccer and varsity lacrosse.

    In remarks to the student body Monday evening, Dylan called on both old boys and new boys to ensure every Woodberry student feels like a part of the school’s brotherhood. He also urged students to focus on taking advantage of the school’s campus and to prioritize their relationships with fellow students and with faculty ahead of technology or other distractions.

    Students attended their first classes on Wednesday, August 29. In the two preceding days the old boys helped orient new students to life at Woodberry. The entire community enjoyed an advisor dinner and chapel, as well as a special scavenger hunt for new boys and evening gatherings for all students with their advisors.

    Taylor Tucker of Manakin-Sabot, Virginia will serve as deputy senior prefect and live on Taylor Hall, while Billy Huger of Atlanta, Georgia serves as scribe for the prefect board and will live on B Dorm in the Walker Building.
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  • Woodberry Welcomes New Faculty for 130th Year

    Woodberry Welcomes New Faculty for 130th Year

    Woodberry Forest welcomed six new teachers and one member of the office of admission to campus this week ahead of the official opening of school.

    Bill Ellis joins Woodberry as senior associate director for admission and tuition assistance. He has enjoyed a long career as an admission officer and for the past decade was associate headmaster for enrollment and financial aid at the Kiski School in Pennsylvania. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

    Jennifer Hubbard returns to Woodberry’s English department next year, having spent the decade since her departure launching a prizewinning career as a writer of young adult fiction. Jennifer will teach third-form and fifth-form English. Accepting a one-year appointment as Woodberry's first "writer in residence," she will also work with boys to write and produce a black box play. Jennifer, who previously taught at Woodberry from 1995 to 2005, will be coming to campus with her husband, Steve Cobb.

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  • Early Ball

    Woodberry welcomed nearly 100 boys back to campus last week for early football, soccer, and cross country practices.
    The cross country team took its annual training trip to the Blue Ridge Mountains, while soccer and football took advantage of temporary lights to beat the heat with evening practices.

    Varsity Cross Country opens its season with the Ragged Mountain Relay in Charlottesville on Tuesday, August 28. The team will host the WFS Invitational on Saturday, October 6 this year, coinciding with the school’s Fifth and Sixth Form Parents’ Weekend.

    Varsity Football has a home scrimmage on Friday, August 24 against Flint Hill School at 4 p.m. After opening the season with three away games, including at Charlotte Latin on Saturday, Sept. 8, the Tigers begin their home schedule by hosting Landon on Saturday, September 22.

    Varsity Soccer opens its season with a home game on Saturday, September 1 against Annapolis Area Christian School.
    You can see the full schedules for all Tiger teams at www.woodberry.org/athletics.
     
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  • Faculty Members Awarded with Chairs and Masterships

    Six faculty members received new chairs and masterships during the underformer awards assembly on May 21. They joined other members of the faculty who hold the chairs and masterships that generous alumni and friends have established to honor teaching excellence at Woodberry.
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  • Woodberry Forest Class of 2018 Graduates

    Members of the Class of 2018 graduated from Woodberry Forest School on May 26, 2018. The celebration of the school's 129th class included the Commencement Address, the Amici Night awards ceremony, Baccalaureate, and Commencement.
     
    This year's Commencement speaker was Mr. Dan Ritchie '50, a leader in the worlds of academia, arts, and business. The native of China Grove, North Carolina graduated from Woodberry and then went on to Harvard, where he earned both an undergraduate degree and a masters degree. After a stint in the United State Army, Mr. Ritchie went to work for Lehman Brothers. He then joined MCA in Hollywood, eventually rising to the role of chief financial officer. Following several entrepreneurial ventures, Mr. Ritchie was hired as chief executive officer of Westinghouse Broadcasting, a role he held for eight years. After retiring from that job, he was asked to assume the chancellorship of the University of Denver. Over sixteen years he transformed the university's culture and campus. He held the job without pay. Following his second retirement, he went on to serve as CEO of the Denver Center for Performing Arts, again without pay, for more than a decade.   
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  • Environmental History Students Enjoy Backpacking Trip

    Students from Woodberry's Environmental History course braved torrential downpours earlier this month to spend six days and five nights exploring the rich history of Shenandoah National Park.
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  • Woodberry Golfers Win State Tournament

    The Tigers won their fourth VISAA golf championship Monday at Meadowbrook Country Club by four shots over the favorite, No. 1-ranked St. Christopher's.

    All of Woodberry’s players shot well, with sixth former Andrew Jacobs leading the way. He finished the day with a one-under-par 70 to earn co-medalist honors. Andrew also earned co-Player of the Year and All-State. He will attend the University of Delaware next year to play golf.

    Both Captain Woodson Smith, who shot a 73, and third former Benny Haggin, with a 74, also earned All-State honors. Fourth former Luke McNabb rounded out the scoring with a 76.

    Head Golf Coach Marc Hogan was named the VISAA Coach of the Year.

    Check out a report by The Daily Progress, Charlottesville’s newspaper, here to learn more.
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  • Peter Wilson '62 Visits History Classes

    Peter Wilson ’62 came back to campus last week to meet with boys in the Honors Government class and the Trade, Technology, and Terror elective. Mr. Wilson is a senior defense policy analyst at RAND Corporation and adjunct faculty member at Georgetown University's Walsh School of Foreign Service.
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  • Virginia Takes the Title at Spring Barbecue Competition

    Team Virginia won the judging and the entire Woodberry community chowed down on delicious barbecue from a range of teams last Sunday afternoon.
     
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  • ASSIST Students Share Their Woodberry Experiences at Student Assembly

    Three exchange students who have spent the past year at Woodberry Forest shared some of their experiences Thursday morning during an all-school assembly.
     
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  • Jon Meacham Delivers Fitzpatrick Lecture

    Presidential historian and Pulitzer Prize winner Jon Meacham delivered Woodberry’s annual Fitzpatrick Lecture on Thursday. His talk, The Soul of America, drew from material in his latest book, which was published this week.
     
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  • Alumni Return to the Forest to Reconnect with Classmates, Faculty, and School

    Woodberry Forest welcomed back 650 alumni and guests to campus April 20-22 for Reunion Weekend.
     
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  • Staff Member Pedro Gonzalez Visits Spanish 4 Honors Classes

    Pedro Gonzalez, a member of Woodberry’s housekeeping department, visited Drew Collier’s ’03 Spanish 4 Honors class on Monday, May 7 to talk to the boys about his life. He chatted with them in Spanish about his journey that led him to Woodberry, including his experiences in his native country Venezuela.

    “He has such an amazing story, is a very, very nice guy, and seems so humbled and honored to be asked to come spend some time in my classroom,” says Drew Collier.

    The boys also had a chance to ask him questions and learn more about Pedro’s experiences that are very different than their own.

    Read more about his talk on The Oracle’s website here.
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  • Central Virginia Special Olympics Athletes Compete At Woodberry

    Woodberry Forest hosted 350 athletes and family members last weekend for the Central Virginia Special Olympics.
    The regional event features six sports, including swimming, softball, and a variety of track and field events. Members of the Woodberry fourth form helped host the event by serving as timers, judges, and referees. Several of them also served lunch for the competitors and their families.
     
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  • Woodberry Rubik's Cube Club Hosts Competition

    Rubik’s Cube competitors from around the country came to Woodberry Forest Sunday for a tournament organized by Woodberry students.

    The tournament featured both youth and professional competitors, including professionals who can solve a standard three-square by three-square cube in under ten seconds and who can solve seven-by-seven cubes.

    The tournament, an official World Cube Association event, was organized by William Xie, a fifth former from Shanghai, China. Last fall William founded the Woodberry Forest School Rubik’s Cube Club. Several faculty members served as tournament judges, and student volunteers helped with tournament logistics.  
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  • Warmack Named to Library Association Board

    Phoebe Warmack, director of Woodberry Forest’s William H. White, Jr. Library, will join the board of directors of the American Association of School Librarians this summer.

    Phoebe will serve on the executive committee and as the independent schools section representative, highlighting the strengths and interests of the more than 800 independent schools that are members of the AASL, an organization of more than 7,000 school librarians in the United States, Canada, and around the world.

    Over the past two years Phoebe has been a critical part of the library’s move from its long-time home in Hanes Hall to its new home in the Walker Building. The new library space, which was dedicated in November, includes the Reynolds Family Learning Commons and the Dunnington Reading Room
     
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  • Legendary Lacrosse Coach Dom Starsia Visits Woodberry

    Legendary lacrosse coach Dom Starsia visited Woodberry Forest on Monday to work with members of the school’s lacrosse teams.
    Coach Starsia led drills during the varsity practice alongside Woodberry Head Coach Spotty Robins ’04 before speaking with players from all three of the school’s lacrosse teams at the conclusion of practice. 
     
    He said that as a coach he values toughness but that many players define that trait in the wrong way, focusing on the biggest hits or being the strongest player.
     
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  • Three Students Advance to National Judging in 2018 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

    Update to story 04.09.18:

    Michael Deng '18 earned national recognition with a Silver Medal in the 2018 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards in the Film & Animation category for his film Under the Windhorse.

    National winners have been identified by panels of creative professionals as the most talented young artists and writers in the nation. This year, nearly 350,000 works of art and writing were submitted. Only the top 1% were recognized at the national level.
    For a full list of medalists, visit artandwriting.org.  Congratulations to Michael on this acheivement.
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  • Woodberry Mourns Loss of Jack Glascock ‘43

    Members of the Woodberry Forest School community mourn the death of legendary science teacher and coach Jack Glascock ’43. He died on March 2, 2018, in Orange, Virginia.
     
    Jack Alvin Glascock came to Woodberry from Marshall, Virginia, attending the school for two years before serving for three years in the US Air Force and graduating from Hampden-Sydney College in 1949. At Woodberry, he was both a fine scholar and an excellent athlete; Jack scored five touchdowns during a single game against rival Episcopal High School. During college and in his early years teaching at Woodberry, he spent summers playing semi-pro baseball.
     
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  • Roaring Tigers Speech and Debate Team Qualify for Nationals

    Two members of the Woodberry Forest Roaring Tigers speech and debate team have qualified for the National Catholic Forensic League Grand Nationals Tournament. William Xie and Ian Kim qualified for the tournament, which will be held in Washington, D.C., after placing fourth in the Virginia state tournament on Saturday. William is a fifth former from Shanghai, China; Ian is a fourth former from Bellevue, Washington.
     
    The pair have posted a string of strong results this year while arguing in the public forum event for and against the resolution that changes each month. The March resolution, which William and Ian debated at the state tournament, was that “On balance, the current Authorization for Use of Military Force gives too much power to the president.” In February the team debated the resolution that “The United States should abolish the capital gains tax.” The pair won the Woodberry speech and debate tournament while contesting that topic.
     
    Ray Smith coaches the Roaring Tigers. 
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  • Athletic Development Students Compete in Powerlifting Event

    A dozen Woodberry students competed in a powerlifting competition in mid-February. 
    The boys, who have been working with coach Raphael Sydnor as part of the afternoon Athletic Development program, competed in bench press and deadlift. Coach Sydnor said nearly every student hit a personal record in one of the two events during the competition. 

    Woodberry's Athletic Development program offers an afternoon athletic option for students who aren't participating in an interscholastic sport during a certain trimester. Students work with coaches on strength and conditioning, either for general purposes or to prepare for an upcoming season in a specific sport.
     
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  • Woodberry Participates in Regional Science Olympiad Tournament

    On Saturday, February 17, Woodberry's team of fifteen students left in the early morning hours to attend the Regional Science Olympiad Tournament at Woodson High School in Fairfax. The team had stiff competition, with thirty-four high school teams present, but managed to qualify for the State Science Olympiad Tournament in April at the University of Virginia.
     
    Of note were team captain William Shuford '18 along with Evan Sun '21 earning second place overall in the Optics event. Benny Cao '20 and Jimmy Kweon '21 came in sixth in the Helicopter build event and Evan Sun '21 and Tom Khoa '21 also placed sixth in an event testing their knowledge of microbes.
     
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  • Reverend Tyler Montgomery Named to Woodberry Chaplaincy

    Woodberry Forest School is pleased to announce the appointment of the Rev. Tyler Montgomery as chaplain and assistant to the head for student wholeness. Headmaster Byron Hulsey noted that he is “delighted with the outcome of this very competitive search and very eager to welcome the Montgomery family to Woodberry Forest.”
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  • Woodberry Alumni Share Career Lessons, Advice with Students

    Woodberry Forest alumni from around the country returned to campus Tuesday to discuss their careers and share lessons from Woodberry, college and their careers that have served them well.

    After a keynote session led by John Robinson ’94 and John Petrone ’06, members of the fifth form and sixth form attended a series smaller breakout sessions to learn about different industries.
     
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  • Stories and Histories Class Visit Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

    Members of Paul Brazinski’s third form Stories and Histories class enjoyed a field trip to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts on Monday, Feb. 12.

    The boys viewed the VMFA’s collection of ancient and medieval art to complement class readings and add additional source material for their upcoming research papers. They also viewed the museum’s special exhibit on the terracotta army of the first emperor of China. The exhibit marks a rare occasion when Chinese museums have sent some of the famous terracotta soldiers abroad.

    The students’ papers will be presented at a public symposium held during the winter term exam week.  
     
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  • The Dozen Goes to NYC


    This past Thursday the Woodberry Forest Dozen embarked on a journey to perform off campus for the first time in many years. We performed at a Woodberry alumni event held in New York City. It was attended by more than 100 Woodberry alumni and friends, including the familiar faces of some recent graduates.
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  • Three Woodberry Forest Sixth Formers Sign Letters of Intent


    Three Woodberry Forest sixth formers signed letters of intent Wednesday to continue their athletic careers in college. Lee Dudley ‘18 of Richmond, Virginia. will attend the University of Virginia as a preferred walk-on and play long snapper on the football team. Khalid Thomas ‘18 of Youngsville, North Carolina will attend Harvard University and play wide receiver for the Crimson. Woodson Smith ‘18 of Martinsville, Virginia will attend Sewanee: The University of the South and play golf.
     
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  • Woodberry Wins Two-on-Two Debate Tournament

    William Xie ’19 and Ian Kim ’20 took first place Saturday in two-on-two debate at a tournament hosted by Woodberry Forest. William and Ian won all four rounds of debate while arguing whether the United States should abolish the capital gains tax. Judges praised them as "strong in all areas of debate" and "persuasive" with "great command and implementation of their evidence." The pair worked with math teacher Mike Szydlowski in the weeks before the tournament to deepen their understanding of capital gains taxes. 

    Nam Bui ’19 and Bo Hrytsak ’19 won second place and third place in Model Congress.
    The tournament brought more about 160 competitors from more than fifteen schools to campus.
     
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  • Local Farms Provide Farm-to-Table Lunch for Woodberry Community

    Woodberry hosted a special farm-to-table lunch January 31 in the dining hall. The menu featured an array of local foods, including hamburgers made from cattle raised on campus by Woodberry’s farmers. Students were able to meet several of the farmers and providers, including Jennifer Gilley from Heaven's Hollow Farm, Christie Huger from Mountain View Farm, and Michael Clark from Planet Earth Diversified. The event was organized by Woodberry’s Director of Food Service Clyde Firman and Katie Maillet from the Local Food Hub.
     
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  • Research Physics Class Competed at United States Invitational Young Physicists Tournament

    Members of Woodberry’s research physics class competed with students from around the world last weekend at the United States Invitational Young Physicists Tournament.

    Woodberry Forest physicists competed in a series of “physics fights” on four tournament problems that the students have been researching for months. In physics fights one team presents a solution to an assigned problem, with the other team asking questions and critiquing the presenting team’s work.

     
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  • Woodberry's Black Box Theater Presents Playing with Fire January 31-Feburary 2

    Woodberry Forest School's Advanced Acting & Directing Class presents Playing with Fire written by Barbara Field. The play will take place in the Black Box Theater, located underneath the full stage of the Bowman Gray Auditorium in the Walker Fine Arts Center and will run from January 31-February 2 with a start time of 8:00 p.m. 

    Beginning where Mary Shelley's Frankenstein leaves off, the play takes place in a frozen wasteland in the arctic, where Victor Frankenstein has finally tracked down his creation, a sad lonely outcast who simply wants to understand his existence. Before Victor pulls the trigger to destroy his 'abomination,' he and his creature confront their conjoined past, considering the intersections between dreams and accountability, ambition and compassion. 


    Please Note: This show contains mild violence which may be frightening to young audiences. This show is free and open to the public. 



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  • Samuel Long '21 Receives Honorable Mention in the UVa Writer's Eye Contest

    Woodberry Forest School is proud to announce that third-form student Samuel Long '21 received an honorable mention in the University of Virginia's Writer's Eye Contest held by the Fralin Museum in 2017. Sam's poem "A Pine in 1939" was inspired by the artwork "Joyous Young Pine" (1944) by Morris Graves.

    The contest was judged by poet Jeffery Renard Allen, a faculty member in the creative writing program at UVa who has authored two collections of poetry and two works of fiction. Sam placed in the poetry category for grades 9-12 as an honorable mention out of 186 poems. An awards ceremony will be held at UVa on March 11, 2018. 


     
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  • Government, Journalism Students Visit Richmond

    Woodberry Forest students visited the Virginia state capitol Thursday to watch the legislative session and meet with the delegate who represents Woodberry.

    The boys from Fred Jordan’s government classes and Jacob Geiger’s journalism class started their day at the Virginia Senate Courts of Justice committee, which was debating and voting on a lengthy docket of bills. Among the measures that dominated the hearing was a bill that would allow prosecutors and defense attorneys to use certified therapy dogs in the witness box when children are testifying in court.
    
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  • Former Student Brenton Lengel '02 Speaks on Being a Playwright

    Former Woodberry Forest School student Brenton Lengel '02 visited campus Monday to speak with students about his career as a playwright.

    “I knew early on I wanted a career in the arts, and I originally thought that would be as an actor,” he told students in Brent Cirves’s introduction to drama class Monday. “I attended the University of Kentucky and in my senior year wrote a play after I realized I wanted to set my own creative vision rather than execute someone else’s vision.”
     
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  • "deliberations" Mixed-media Paintings by Sharon Zarambo on Exhibit

    The mixed media paintings in deliberations reflect her interest in found materials, surface variation, patterns, and rich colors. Many of her pieces have a resin coating on which she applies acrylic paint to achieve both a vibrant surface as well as the illusion of depth. Inspired by Outsider art, she uses an intuitive approach in her art-making to explore spiritual themes. Of her recent work, Sharon Zarambo says: "I'm fond of the color red. For me, it's a power color and transmits energy. And the circle represents coming full-circle, back to the beginning with new information."
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