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    F A L L 2 0 1 2

    learning with classmates and teammates SCHOOL


  • Co ntents

    New Seven Hills Mission & Educational Philosophy

    Developing Character Through Athletics

    School News

    Alumni News, Profile, Reunion, Class Notes

    Upcoming Alumni Events


    Nancy McCormick Bassett 83 Director of Alumni Relations

    Chris Hedges Editor Director of Communications

    Chris GartenHead of School

    Margo KirsteinDirector of Development

    Kathy Deubell Writer

    Keith Neu Sports Photographer

    Carol BrueggemeyerGraphic Designer




    Development Office513.728.2400 email: alumni.news@7hills.org Fax: 513.728.2409

    Vol. XXXVI No. 1 Fall 2012

    Seven Hills is a publication of The Seven Hills School.

    Front Cover photo: Sophomore Tucker RobinsonAbove photo: Junior Lauren Weems

  • The Seven Hills Development Office gratefully acknowledges and thanks the more than 200 volunteers who dedicate their time and effort to ensuring that The Seven Hills School continues to thrive and is able to provide the rich learning experiences that distinguish a Seven Hills education.

    Thank youSarah Steinman

    Mary Reis Sullivan C59

    Kim Takahashi

    Rick & Ann Theders

    Ginny Berg Van Alyea 99

    Aaron VanderLaan 91

    Heather Vecellio 92

    Harriet Warm C55

    Liza Martindale Weiner 99

    Mary Weisenborn

    Hannah Wheatley 05

    Kathy Oechler Whitbeck H67

    Jack White

    Russell White

    Elizabeth Whyburn

    Lucille Wientzen

    Jim Wiesmann

    Sally Wilborn

    Susan Wilkening

    Marsha Williams 77

    Jackie Wilson

    Lisa Collins Winick 85

    Cassie Iseman Wissel 02

    Joan Wolfram

    Mary Wood-Constable

    Susan Newkirk Wright H63

    Barbara Wulsin

    Tim Wyant 96

    Sharon Yosafat

    Lisa Zaring 03

    Karen Zellner

    2 0 1 2 - 2 0 1 3 A N N U A L G I V I N G V O L U N T E E R S

    Louise Knauft Allen H54

    Janet Allen-Reid 76

    Larry & Janet Allgaier

    Jan Anderson

    Libby Andrews

    Rob & Dulany Anning 86

    Keith & Jo Arnold

    Lori Aronson

    Emily Bachrach

    Steve & Sue Baggott

    Caroline Bahlman 06

    Gay Seybolt Bain H51

    Michael Barrett

    Polly Bassett

    Barbara Beaver

    Sophie Beckwith 06

    James & Margaret Bell

    Allan & Jennie (Rosenthal L75)


    Jack Binkley

    Ann Bartlett Blemker C65

    Brook Bobbitt

    Susan Bolton

    Mary Lynne Boorn 84

    Payson & Aideen Briggs 87

    Peter Briggs

    Jay Brinker

    Kenya Brock 98

    Bruce Brown

    Ken Buck

    Carolyn Eberle Caldwell H37

    Karen Callard 80

    Bret Caller

    Peter Cha

    Anne Chatfield

    Nicole Christopher

    Liz Coley

    Michael Collette

    Michael Coombe L72

    Evan Corbett 82 &

    Dorothy Kim Corbett 84

    Marjorie Davis C65

    Monica Dealy 99

    Craig Decker

    Andrew DeWitt 89

    Kathy DeWitt

    Jeannie Zimmerman Donaldson


    Myra Drew

    Tara Eaton

    Meredith Edwards 98

    Kate Kiefhaber Elliott 98

    David Ellis

    Jane Ellis

    Merry Ewing 76

    Phyllis Ewing

    Ginny Fisher

    Marc Fisher

    Linda Ford

    Rachel Foster

    Renee Frankel

    Toby Franklin

    Jennifer Frey 99

    Greg & Maggie Gehlmann

    Sudie Ernst Geier H42

    Dee Gettler

    Raji Ghosh

    Anni Macht Gibson C70

    Ben Glassman 93

    Abe & B Gordon 75

    Drew Gores H72

    Wendy Gradison H71

    Sylvia Lotspeich Greene H37

    Brooke Guigui

    Ed Hatfield

    Louise Atkins Head H56

    Patti Heldman

    Debbie Hill

    David Hoguet

    Sherry Holcomb

    Susan Hollister

    David Hummel 85

    Bennett Jacks

    Clay Jamison 06

    Jacky Kalubi

    Elida Kamine 99

    Lair Kennedy

    David & Nancy Keyser

    Tara Kilcoyne

    Peter Koenig

    Ashley Kohnen

    Paul Korn

    Kalpana Kotagal 95

    Libby Landen Krone 77

    Susan Steman Laffoon H57

    Jane Slemmer Larsen H56

    Margaret Avril Lawson 75

    Lisa Lehner

    Ray & Sally Leyman L67

    Jackie Mack

    Stanley Makoroff

    Robert Marcus 97

    Dan & Debbie Marquardt

    Michael Marrero

    Tyler McIlwraith 03

    Rusty & Jennifer McNair

    Kyle McNeill 06

    Leslie Bennett McNeill C61

    Robbie Michelman

    Anastasia Moerman

    Melissa Morelli 85

    Velma Morelli

    Mary-Slade Morrison 85

    Lilamae Mueller

    Harrison Mullin

    Barbara Watson Billings Neal


    Meghan Nelson

    Mike Newman 97

    Steve Newman 02

    Mike Nordlund & Lisa Lee

    Dennis & Susan Okin

    Margaret Parlin OMalley H57

    Libby Warrington Ott 78

    Tory Parlin H63

    Jeff & Margaret Pasquale

    Jeremy Perlin

    Andrew & Alex Quinn

    Susan Rauh

    Jessalyn Reid 08

    Sarah Rooch Roberts C67

    Patrick & Elizabeth Rogers

    Catharine Bowman Saelinger


    Tahir Sajjad & Humaira Aslam

    Marielle Samaha

    Will Sawyer L66

    Jane Scheiber

    Dan Schimberg 80

    Clarinda Schmidlapp C53

    Lucy Schmidt 00

    Joan Hinsch Searby H54

    Rob Seiver 03

    Katie SenGupta

    Rick & Michelle Setzer

    Beth Shaw

    Anne Shepherd

    Tom Shepherd

    Bill & Mary Jo Simpson

    Beth Sims

    Kim Sims

    Tiernan Sittenfeld 92

    Sandra Small

    Edie Smitson

    Andy Spooner

    Melinda Freedman Staveley L55

    Jen Stein

    Polly Stein


  • As part of our strategic planning process, a committee of trustees and senior administrators has recently revised Seven Hills mission statement. The new statement, now adopted by the full Board of Trustees, constitutes a powerful expression of the defining purpose of this institution.

    Our Approach to Teaching We believe that learning should be engaging and relevant.

    We use teaching methods designed to ensure that students acquire the intellectual and social skills they need to thrive in an increasingly complex global community.

    We focus not only on the acquisition of knowledge, but on inquiry, discovery, and the application of skills to meaningful problem solving.

    We teach students to make choices, to manage their time, to think critically and creatively, and, above all, to take responsibility for their own learning.

    We are committed to exploring educational best practices and to adapting our instructional methods to advances in technology and developments in the world.

    Our Commitment to Character We believe that the School, in partnership with our families, plays a critical role in helping students develop character and core values.

    We strive to nurture the intellectual, aesthetic, moral, and social skills our students will need to become engaged citizens and responsible leaders.

    We see our teachers, administrators, and staff as role models, mentors, and collaborators, engaging with students in meaningful and mutually respectful ways.

    We value individuality and believe that a rich diversity of backgrounds and perspectives enriches our community.

    We encourage students and faculty to be actively involved in their communities, making us all more aware of the needs of others.

    Our Environment for Learning We believe that students learn best when they work in an atmosphere of open inquiry and mutual respect.

    We believe that the School should provide a safe, supportive, and challenging environment, with clear goals and high expectations for student achievement and conduct.

    We believe that education is relationship-based and that students learn best when teachers fully understand the interests, motivations, and indi- vidual learning styles of each of their students.

    We believe that the School should provide the widest possible range of opportunities for students to explore personal interests and develop individual talents.

    We believe that extracurricular and athletic activ- ities should be open to all students who wish to participate, regardless of their innate ability.


    O U R E D U C A T I O N A L P H I L O S O P H y


  • Earlier this school year I hosted a series of conversations with many of the parents of the 153 new students we have enrolled this year. I hoped, of course, to hear good things about their childrens transition

    to Seven Hills, but, as I listened to their accounts of their childrens experiences, I was thrilled to hear how closely their impressions seemed to echo the aspirational language of our new mission statement.

    Engaging Hearts and MindsMany parents new to the school this year described their first few weeks at Seven Hills as a transformational experience. Some have seen, already, a sea change in their childrens attitudes about school. Students leave home excitedly in the mornings. They are eager to share their experiences at night. They are emotionally engaged in what they are learning.

    Our families spoke glowingly about th