Alumni Class Notes
The Class of 2019 gathered together for one final celebration as a class before heading to college. Episcopal Collegiate's annual send-off party was hosted by Dr. and Mrs. David Perkinson in August, and our newest alumni along with their parents and teachers, enjoyed reminiscing over dinner before moving to to attend nineteen colleges in thirteen states this fall. Click here to see the photo album from the evening!
Each year the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese awards a small number of $1000 scholarships to graduating senior class members who have shown evidence of high achievement in Spanish or Portuguese, including consistent high scores on the National Spanish Exam, throughout high school. After being nominated in May, Boyd Bethel was awarded one of the coveted scholarships in July! The selection committee announced that it was a very difficult decision because there was a record number of excellent candidates.
In order to be considered, Boyd wrote a two-page essay in Spanish about peer pressure, did a five-minute video interview in Spanish with Srta. Pettibone, and submitted his transcript, a detailed resume, and two letters of recommendation. According to the selection committee, Boyd was one of the most exemplary candidates for this highly competitive award.
¡Bravo, Boyd Bethel!
On May 18, 2019, Episcopal Collegiate School celebrated the graduation of the Class of 2019. The ceremony was held outside on the Episcopal quad for the first time since 2012. Episcopal Collegiate School Board of Trustee members and Episcopal faculty and staff began the procession. The Class of 2019 followed close behind, ringing the bell before walking onto the commencement stage. Commencement speaker, Brett Culp, addressed the students by congratulating them on their accomplishments thus far, and reminding them that this next stage of life will come with its own set of challenges, but encouraging them that they are more than ready to overcome whatever life throws at them. After Culp's address, class members were awarded diplomas and marched out of the ceremony together, gathering in the quad amidst their family, friends, and Episcopal community for a joyous cap toss signaling the end of their time as students on campus.
Congratulations, Class of 2019! We are immensely proud of you. A few highlights from this class include:
- 100% college acceptance
- 100% of the class awarded scholarships totaling more than $5.18 million
- Students were accepted to colleges in 27 states
- 28 – Average ACT score, with nearly 50% of the class scoring 30 or above
- 10% of the class was named National Merit Finalists
- 1 student named National Merit Scholarship winner
- 1 student named Arkansas Times All-Star
- Class members were admitted to 4 Ivy League Schools
The Reverend Elizabeth Henry McKeever '04 was ordained as a Deacon in the Episcopal Church on on Saturday, March 23, 2019 in Little Rock at Trinity Cathedral. Elizabeth currently attends Virginia Theological Seminary and is a member of Episcopal Collegiate School's Founding Class of 2004. She is a graduate of Davidson College.
Nikki Moore, a member of Episcopal Collegiate School's Founding Class of 2004, has received the James Madison Freedom of Information Award from the Society of Professional Journalists for Northern California.
After graduating from Episcopal, Nikki received her degree in Classics from UC Santa Barbara, where she was editor of the newspaper, The Daily Nexus. Beyond UCSB, she received her Juris Doctorate from UC Davis. She currently is council for the California Newspaper Publishers Association where she works as a lobbyist for First Amendment rights for the press.
Alexis Broadnax '16 is studying at the International University of Rabat in Morocco in the Field Studies in Journalism and Bew Media program. She will have the opportunity to study under the guidance of award-winning foreign correspondents and also learn from Moroccan scholars and experts in art, health, education, human rights, women's issues to name a few. This experience rounds out her Junior year at Marist College where she will begin her Senior year in August 2019.
Lauren Hampton Joyner '05 has created a healthy version of cheese dip called LOCA. This is not your average cheese dip, as it is plant based, dairy free, nut free, and gluten free. Episcopal Collegiate students also discovered that the dip is delicious, when Lauren generously shared the product with the student body. Lauren is a graphic designer who is based in San Francisco and is married to Jonathan Joyner '04. She has put her design career on pause to work LOCA, which is now being distributed nationally. For more information about LOCA, please visit www.eatlocafood.com
Laura Bryan Curtner '05 was appointed by Governor Asa Hutchinson to the Advisory Council of the Arkansas Arts Council. Laura is a member of Episcopal Collegiate's second graduating class, the Class of 2005, and she is a graduate of Pratt Institute. Professionally, she is the co-owner and conservator at Bryan and Devan Conservation, which is a local business that offers services for the conservation, preservation, and restoration of works of art on paper, historic documents, books, and photographs.
Miles Stephens '04, has been named President and CEO of Stephens Insurance. Miles is a member of Episcopal Collegiate School's founding Class of 2004, and he is a graduate of Dartmouth College. Prior to his position, Miles has been an investment banker at Stephens Inc. focused on auto retail and energy.
Episcalums gathered in the gym on Friday, January 4, to play in the annual alumni basketball game, which was held during the pep rally for all to enjoy. Students and faculty welcomed Wildcats from the Classes of 2005 through 2018 and the players were coached by Ms. Vivian Blair (Green Team) and Ms. Joy Schultz (White Team). After a hard fought contest with memorable highlights from both sides, Coach Blair's Green Team claimed victory with a score of 88-72.
We would like to thank all of our athletes who put on jerseys and hit the court once again: LaToya Bankhead '05, Stanley Hastings '07, David Snowden '07, Mareece Griffin '12, Devon Hall '12, William Pollock '14, Nick Becton '15, Cori Gooseberry '15, William McCastlain, Dylan Owens '15, Harris Bethel '16, Gracie Kreth '16, Josef Braunfisch '17, Erbie Jennings '17, Mary Claire Patton '17, Preston Pitts '17, Calloway Clark '18, Matt Sawyer '18, and Ethan Skowronski '18.
At the game's conclusion, alumni gathered in the dining hall to visit with faculty and enjoy refreshments featuring wings from HallBros2Go, catered by Daron Hall '07 and Devin Hall '12, and their brother, David Hall.
Senior UA Biology Major Breyanna Dulaney '13 named to prestigious 2018 Razorback Classic's list.
Fresh off the premiere of his first film, Then There Was Joe, Warren talks to students about how Episcopal prepared him for the adventure of the film industry.
Wildcat athletics and arts collide in fun alumni gathering on January 5, 2018!
Episcopal's permanent art collection expands to include new piece by Class of 2010 alumnus.